When you think of upgrading insulation, attic space is the first thing that comes to mind. Here are three key reasons…
When you think of upgrading insulation, attic space is the first thing that comes to mind. Here are three key reasons to upgrade your attic insulation and seal attic air leaks:
- Air movement through a home is from ground to sky (and out through the attic and roof). By adding insulation and sealing air leaks in your attic, you can lower energy costs by preventing conditioned air from escaping your home.
- On the flip side, insulating and air sealing your attic can prevent unconditioned outside air from coming into your home. This means your HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain your home’s optimal inside temperature.
- Heating and cooling costs can total 50% to 70% of the energy used in an average home. In fact, in late 2016 the Energy Information Administration predicted natural gas users would see a 22% climb in their heating bills over the 2015-2016 heating season. Every day that passes is one more day you are spending too much money on energy bills.
Adding insulation to your attic is one of the most cost effective ways to save money on your energy bills each month. Wondering if your home could benefit from additional attic insulation? Contact us today for a free attic insulation estimate.
When you think of upgrading your home’s insulation, the attic is often the first area that comes to mind. Air naturally moves through a house from ground to sky. By focusing your dollars on an attic upgrade you are focusing on the number one area of energy loss.
Fiberglass insulation is a great option for insulating attics and for any area of a home. Here are three benefits of upgrading your attic with fiberglass insulation:
- Fiberglass insulation is a cost-effective insulator. Fiberglass insulation is a low-cost product that is easy to install. It can easily be blown over existing insulation, creating a complete blanket to help reduce energy bills and keep your home comfortable.
- Fiberglass insulation is a green product from manufacturing to installation. Fiberglass insulation is manufactured primarily from recycled glass. This means there are fewer natural resources used to manufacture fiberglass insulation than some other types of insulation. When installed, fiberglass insulation over its lifetime saves more energy than it took to produce. If you’re looking for a green product to insulate your home, fiberglass insulation is ideal.
- Fiberglass insulation can be as effective as spray foam. When combining fiberglass insulation with full air sealing, fiberglass insulation can provide the thermal and air sealing benefits as spray foam – at a lower price point. Having your home fully air sealed by a qualified contractor helps keep conditioned air inside the home to increase comfort and reduce energy bills
Adding fiberglass insulation to your attic is one of the most cost-effective ways to save money on your energy bills each month. Wondering if your home could benefit from additional attic insulation and air sealing? Contact us for a free estimate.
What Are Ice Dams?
The icicles hanging from your roof may look pretty, but they may be a sign of a bigger problem. Icicles can be a sign of ice dams – chunks of ice that form along the edges of your roof. Ice dams typically form when snow melts on your roof, water pools on the edge of the roofline and refreezes. During the freeze, the ice can back up under the roofing material and create ice dams. Ice dams result in water seeping into soffits, walls and even ceilings. Damage goes far beyond cosmetic issues – your home’s structure can suffer from moisture damage and even rot.
There are three key steps we recommend to reduce the risk of ice dams:
1. Seal Air Leaks
Approximately one-third of heat loss in an average home is through the ceiling into the attic. Most of that heat loss comes from air leaks. These can be found in a variety of places such as gaps in drywall and other penetration points around things such as light fixtures, plumbing pipes, chimneys, access hatches and more. By stopping air leakage you’ll not only help minimize ice dams, you’ll save energy and reduce your heating and cooling bills
2. Check your Insulation
Having proper insulation levels in your attic will work to keep the heat where it belongs – in your living space. Uncertain if your insulation level is enough? We can help. We typically recommend adding blow-in fiberglass insulation to attics of existing homes to fill open spaces around your current insulation.
3. Add roof and soffit vents
Proper ventilation is an important part of attic insulation. A qualified insulation contractor will be able to determine if your attic has proper venting, and if not, how that can be corrected to ensure your attic has proper air flow.
Even if your home has adequate insulation and proper venting, large amounts of snow and the weight of that snow can result in roof damage. After a large snowfall it’s recommended to rake the snow from your roof to remove some of the weight and allow any water to flow off the roof.
Still have questions on how to prevent ice dams in your home? Call us!