4 Things To Know Before Tackling A Home Insulation Job
Want a home improvement project that can make you warmer in winter, cooler in the summer, and lower your utility bills each month as well? Adding new insulation to your attic might be the answer.
But before you start the project and jump at the first offer you find, there are a few things you should know.
Types of Insulation
Before you decide what kind of insulation to add to your home, it’s important to understand the different types. You’ll find batt and rolls, blown-in and foam. If you’re adding insulation to existing insulation, Energy Star recommends that here in the Atlanta area, you add enough to reach an R-30 to R-60 threshold.
If you have existing insulation in place, you can add insulation without replacing, as long as the current insulation is still in good shape. We recommend blown-in insulation because of its easy application and its ability to fill in and conform to the dimensions of your attic. It is best left to professionals who understand how to use pneumatic equipment for even distribution throughout.
The average homeowner loses as much as 20 percent of heating due to air leaks that exist around the attic hatch, recessed lighting, vents, piping, wiring, etc. Before you install new insulation, it’s equally important to ensure each of these areas is properly sealed. That will ensure your insulation does the job it’s designed to do, and also prevent air and moisture from having space to move into your attic space and causing problems in the future.
Equally important to maintaining a healthy home is to have proper attic ventilation in place. Proper ventilation prevents moisture from seeping in and accumulating, and from creating biological growth on insulation. Talk with your technician about the best addition to your home to increase ventilation. It may be as easy as installing wind baffles along the eaves. You may also opt for more technology driven options such as solar ventilation that also helps reduce your electricity consumption at the same time.
Adding new insulation and ensuring your home is properly sealed isn’t something the average homeowner has skills with. There are safety factors to consider when working in an attic environment, as well as long term fire risks if the job isn’t completed the right way. The best approach is to trust someone with HVAC experience, who is familiar with proper insulation methods too.
If you’re looking for the best advice on sealing your home and making it a more comfortable, more energy efficient place to live, contact us today.