Everyone knows hot air rises, so obviously one of the best places to save money on your home’s heating bills is by making sure you have the best possible attic insulation for both your location and your situation.
Proper insulation will then also help keep the cool in and heat out during the summer months, so you save money year-round. Plus the attic is likely to be the easiest insulating project in your home, especially if you are adding new insulation to strengthen the energy-saving value of the existing insulation. Keep in mind that older homes often have less insulation in the attics than is installed today, so they are especially likely to be in need of some additional back-up.
The main types of insulation typically used in an attic are either blown-in cellulose or fiberglass in batts or trimmed-to-size rolls. Installation costs on the blown-in insulation usually run less expensive than its fiberglass counterpart, while it also gives better coverage because of the loose fill of the cellulose can flow to more of the nooks and crannies.
If you are a do-it-yourselfer, first check for any water stains in the ceiling and repair any areas where there is roof leakage before you insulate. Wet insulation threatens to cause more harm than good in the home. Remember to seal any air leaks from the attic to the home and around the chimney before you start the project, because the insulation alone will not take care of the problem. Make sure you don’t obstruct any exhaust fans and soffit vents, and cover all openings where you don’t want the insulation to go as its blown into place.
If you aren’t a do-it-yourselfer, or just want to make sure everything is done to exact standards of installation for your home, call Standard Insulating. Our experts will guide you through every step of the process, from an initial energy audit straight through the final completion of your insulating project. And need we add that any projects that improve your home’s energy efficiency will end up paying for themselves in a short time?
For more information on determining the insulation needs in your own attic, call Standard Insulating at 738-1424 or log on to www.StandardInsulatingCo.com.