Look In Your AtticOld bicycles, steamer trunks full of clothing, treasures from long ago – these are the things most of us find in our attic. What we don’t often notice, though, is the state of our attic insulation. The Conservation Services Group shares these warning signs that our attic insulation needs to be replaced or upgraded:
- Insulation that is disintegrating and falling from the attic walls or ceiling – creating gaps in coverage – needs replacing.
- Blackened insulation is indicative of air leaks that have allowed dust particles to come through. The air leaks need to be sealed.
- Improperly placed insulation needs to be changed.
- Improper air sealing or sealing that is less than adequate will affect the air movement and increase heating and cooling costs.
- Mold on your insulation is a danger in many ways, especially to your health. It is indicative of moisture and ventilation issues that need to be addressed.
- Your insulation can also become insect-infested, which drastically reduces its effectiveness.
DIY Or Hire A Professional?Many homeowners enjoy do-it-yourself (DIY) projects around their homes. While adding insulation to your home might seem like an easy DIY project, there are many complexities involved in selecting the correct insulation for your needs and applying it properly. It is important to research what entails proper ventilation, how to deal with vapor retardants and how to create a thermal enclosure (the continuous boundary that divides unconditioned areas from living space). That is why it is important to contact a professional to assess your attic-insulation needs. Professionals have vast knowledge of the types of insulation and the situations for which they are best suited. They are knowledgeable about local and state building codes as they apply to insulation. Having insulation installed properly and professionally will add value to your home if you ever decide to sell it, so you want it done right. When you hire a professional to install your attic insulation, be sure to verify the certifications that show they have learned their trade. Examples include: National Association of Homebuilders, Energy Star, Insulation Master Craftsman and Environments for Living.
What Proper Insulation Can DoHeating and cooling your home accounts for between 50 percent and 70 percent of the energy you use on a yearly basis. Proper insulation will save you money and make your home more comfortable. It is important to contract with a firm like Affordable Insulation that you can trust to:
- Assess your needs;
- Give you an overview of what is required to upgrade or reinstall your insulation;
- Offer you a good-faith estimate and help you with financing if necessary;
- Provide you with quality insulation and excellent craftsmanship;
- Do the work in a timely manner; and
- Follow up with you after the job is done.