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Now is the time to Rule Your Attic! The attic is one of the most important areas of the home to insulate. According to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA), as many as 90% of homes are under-insulated. At BrightHOME, we know that a properly insulated attic can make all the difference when it comes to true home performance, and we’re here to help get your home operating at peak performance.
Looking to enhance home comfort? It all starts with attic insulation.
Step 1: Measure
Go into your attic and use a measuring tape or ruler to measure the depth of the insulation in inches. Take note of the overall appearance of your attic. Are certain areas more insulated than others? Is the insulation level with or above the rim joist? If not, you probably need to add more insulation.
Step 2: Find your fix
There is more to the attic than just insulation. Air sealing is just as important to consider. After determining if your attic insulation measures up, head over to https://www.energystar.gov/newhomes/rule_your_attic for some quick fixes.
Step 3: Call the pros
At BrightHOME, our team of home performance professionals understands the finer points of attic insulation and how to improve upon it. Assessing the current state of your attic’s insulation will allow us to determine exactly where you can benefit from adding more. It’s also important to select the correct type of insulation for your attic in order to achieve the results you’re looking for. These can include spray foam, fiberglass batts and cellulose insulation, which is a material made from recycled newspaper shreddings. The right solution will depend upon your own individual needs, and we’ll work to come up with a plan that fits your budget.
The Importance of Attic Insulation
The majority of monthly utility bills can be attributed to heating and cooling costs. It’s important not to waste your hard-earned money, yet this happens far more often than most would like to admit. Often, it comes down to a lack of attic insulation. This can also create problems with ice dams, which can severely damage the roof of your home if left unaddressed.
Not Just for Winter
Many people assume insulation only pertains to the colder seasons, but this could not be further from the truth! Think about a soda can. When you want to keep the cold in, you wrap the soda can with an insulating layer, usually made of foam. This thermal barrier keeps the warm out and preserves the cool temperatures within. This same concept applies to your home except it is drastically more important because you are paying money every month for your air to be conditioned to a comfortable level. If this air is then allowed to escape your home envelope it is literally money going right out the window!
Fortunately, the attic is one of the easiest places in the home to add insulation and immediately improve home performance. A well-insulated attic will help to enhance indoor air quality, providing a healthier, more comfortable environment for you and your family. Combined with proper techniques, attic insulation can enhance energy efficiency to a noticeable degree.
Improving the insulation in your attic is the first step towards true home performance and energy efficiency; BrightHOME is here to help you get there. Contact us today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.