Upgrading attic insulation is a VERY popular energy-saving improvement because more energy (and money!) is lost through the attic than through any other part of the house.
What makes matters worse is improperly or poorly installing inadequate attic insulation. Existing attic insulation in many homes may be as minimal as R-19– which pales in comparison to the recommended R-value!
Going through a cold winter with so little insulation is like wearing a t-shirt in a snowstorm. What your house really needs is the equivalent of a thick down-filled parka.
The U.S. Department of Energy recommends between R-49 and R-60 of attic insulation in Charleston, Saint Albans, Huntington, and other West Virginia areas. That’s at least a 16-in.-thick blanket of fiberglass insulation!
Increase the R-value, air seal leakage, and enjoy energy savings and comfort!
Contact us today to schedule your home energy audit to identify where your home is in need of more insulation. Our audit also diagnoses the other energy issues in your home– which may be the larger factors in your home’s high utility bills and discomfort.
Proper Attic Insulation Saves Money
The experts on the Tom & Larry’s Excellent Home Energy Savings Show talk about the right way to insulate an attic, and what insulating the attic means for your home in energy savings and money savings all year round!
Air Sealing Goes Alongside Attic Insulation
Air sealing is a critical step when insulating an attic because sealing air leaks stops conditioned interior air from leaking into the attic. Dr. Energy Saver uses a variety of materials and techniques to stop this energy-wasting air leakage.
Installing baffles ensures proper attic ventilation. Sized to fit between the rafters in the attic, plastic baffles maintain a ventilation space between the attic’s soffit vents (located along the eaves) and the ridge vent. Installing baffles before adding more attic insulation helps avoid damage from ice damming and excess moisture.
Old insulation can be reused, most of the time. As long as the existing insulation is not wet, moldy or overly compressed, it can usually be put back into place after the attic has been air-sealed and before new insulation is installed.