Winter is around the corner, and it’s critical to prepare your home. Even if your windows and doors are sealed, there’s still an opportunity for warm air to leak and cold air to get in.
Installing attic insulation is one of the best ways to save on energy bills and keep your house temperature-stable year around.
Inspect Your Attic
If your attic has little more than support beams and a floorboard, it’s time to insulate. In cold climates, unfinished attics are a problematic source of heat loss. Turning down your thermostat isn’t enough to save on heating costs; you’ll still lose warm air to your cold, uninsulated attic.
An excellent first step is hiring a professional to conduct an attic inspection. During the process, you’ll learn:
- How Much Insulation You Need
- The Best Type of Insulation for Your Attic
- The Estimated Cost for Your Project
- Other Attic Areas Prone to Air Leakage
Types of Insulation Materials
Depending on your attic, there are two types of insulation material to choose: blown insulation and batts. You need at least one of these insulation options. If you live in extreme cold, using both will provide maximum energy efficiency.
Blown insulation consists of loose fiberglass insulation machine-blown onto the floor of your attic. This process creates a barrier several inches thick that keeps cold air from entering your ceiling and warm air from escaping through your attic.
Blown insulation is best for:
- Small Attics with Tight Spaces and Low Maneuverability
- Attics with Existing Insulation Needing to Be Improved
- Attics with Abnormal Joist Spacing
Batt insulation comes in flexible fiberglass rolls several inches thick and 16 to 24 inches wide. These sheets are made to fit between the joists in your attic. Batts will keep cold air from seeping into your attic through the roof while preventing warm air from escaping.
Batt insulation is best for:
- Large Attics with Enough Space to Maneuver
- Attics that Have No Insulation
- Attics with Standard Joist Spacing
Benefits of Attic Insulation
Insulating your attic is the best way to keep your home temperature-stable, year-round. Your home will stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. But that’s not all—with proper attic insulation, you’ll benefit from:
- Increased Efficiency: Your home’s heating and cooling system will work less to keep your home at your desired temperature.
- Increased Comfort: Insulation keeps your home temperature-stable, resulting in fewer temperature swings.
- Increased Savings:Higher energy efficiency translates to reduced heating and cooling costs.
- Increased Roof Life: Insulation increases the life of your roof by reducing the risk of roof-damaging ice dams.
New Windows for America makes attic insulation easy. We’ve been helping homeowners keep warm for nearly 20 years. We make sure you get the insulation you need to keep your home comfortable all season long. Call or fill out our online form for your free quote today, and enjoy a warmer house tomorrow.