Nov 5, 2013

What You Need to Know about Attic Insulation

The attic can be a dark, musty, cobwebbed place in your home that your imaginative kids can turn into their private ghost hunting ground. In the absence of paranormal beings, your attic can also serve as storage for things you can’t bear to part with but have no use for anymore. And here’s another thing about your attic: It could be the source of your skyrocketing energy bills.


Did you know that heating and cooling make up 50 to 70 percent of the average American home’s energy usage? Did you also know that 25 percent of heat loss happens through the roof and attic? When your home isn’t properly insulated and air leakage occurs, your home is wasting precious energy and costing you a tidy sum. This is why you need to get attic insulation.

Insulating your attic will help you save money on energy bills. It’ll allow your home to maintain a comfortable temperature, all year round. The insulation will also ensure that your heating and cooling systems are never overworked, which means you’ll be able to use them for a very long time.

While there are insulation materials you can install on your own, like the blanket insulation, nothing beats the workmanship and guarantee of a professionally done job. So start looking up professional installers of insulation in your neck of the woods. You’ll want to hire a service provider that’s an expert in heating and cooling requirements, and one that may also offer you AC repair, vent cleaning, and furnace replacement or installation, when you need it.

A company that can do both professional heating and cooling services will indicate expertise and experience. This guarantees you peace of mind because then you’ll know the insulation installer will execute a good job and you won’t have to worry about replacements or do-overs.

A service provider of this caliber will also do more than just pick the right insulation for your home and area. It will also do the necessary inspections to make sure that your attic is leak proof. Air leaks may be sealed through radiant barrier, which reportedly lowers cooling costs by 5 to 10 percent, placed between the insulation and the attic.

But just because you’ve got a professional installer (that also does furnace installation and AC installation) working on your insulation, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to learn a few things about it. You should try to learn about the R-value of your insulation. A high R-value indicates that your insulation will be more effective. The North American Insulation Manufacturer’s Association provides the recommended R-value for homes so you may want to check that out. Alternately, make sure to choose a reliable insulation installer so that you’re guaranteed to get the right R-value for your attic’s insulation.

About the author: Hi I'm Kenneth Lawrence, a passionate "handyman". My craft involves DIY concepts and would like to share guidelines and tips about stuffs on home improvement. I write and read almost anything that can hone my skills and increase my knowledge about DIY concepts. I keep myself updated about the latest home improvement tips by visiting sites like
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