What is attic insulation?
What do you imagine when you read the word ‘insulation’?
If you imagine the pink, cotton-candy fluff that hangs out in your attic, you’re going in the right direction.
Many homeowners know what insulation looks like, but don’t know exactly how it is working in their home. More importantly, they aren’t sure when it’s NOT working — and costing them money.
Insulation comes in a variety of different types and sizes. Insulation performs some of the most important functions but is oftentimes one of the most overlooked things in the house.
Its main function is providing resistance to heat flow and helping to lower heating and cooling costs.
The Department of Energy lists nine different types of insulation on its website.
Some forms are bulky and are comprised of fiberglass, wool, cellulose, and natural fibers. Other forms of insulation are sleek foils and rigid foam boards.
Each type of insulation has good and bad. A certain type of insulation may be more effective than another.
Regardless of its form, insulation’s primary role is to reduce heating and cooling costs and improve home comfort.
Why is attic insulation important?
Insulation acts like a sweater to keep everything that’s surrounded by it warm and happy. Attic insulation regulates a large part of the home’s internal temperature.
It provides a critical barrier to the elements and the temperature changes that occur. The Department of Energy suggests attic insulation should have no less of an R-value of R-30. This guarantees home comfort throughout the seasons.
During the colder months, insulation in the attic works to regulate the temperature inside the home. It does this by keeping the warm air in and keeping the cold air out.
During the summertime, insulation protects the home from the heat by keeping the house cool. Insulation helps keep air-conditioned rooms at a comfortable temperature.
Insulation is key to maintaining home comfort and helping you avoid wasting money on air conditioning costs.
Acting as a barrier, insulation helps keep unwanted environmental toxins outside of your home.
When attic insulation decays or degrades, it stops performing how it is meant to. When this happens, the internal temperature of the home may begin to fluctuate or become irregular.
Old and damaged insulation contributes significantly to the home’s overall energy efficiency. As a result, fluctuating temperatures can cause substantial increases in the energy bill.
It is key to have insulation that is in top condition in order to keep your energy costs from increasing.
What are some common problems that can affect insulation?
Uneven blown insulation
Homeowners can rent a machine to install their own insulation. However, the material is rarely distributed evenly throughout the attic.
This leads to large amounts of insulation in one area and not enough insulation in other areas. Uneven distribution of insulation dramatically reduces its effectiveness.
Areas of missing insulation at skylights
The enclosed shaft that runs through the attic to the skylight requires insulation around it. Installed insulation batts in these areas are prone to loosening and falling onto the floor of the attic.
Missing insulation at repaired areas
This may sound like a silly one. Insulation is often moved during a repair and is never put back into place.
When making repairs, be sure that the insulation is properly installed.
This problem may sound interesting, but it is common. Insulation loses its effectiveness when it is constantly being compressed by being walked on or having boxes stored on it loses its insulation ability.
Over the years, fiberglass batt insulation gradually collapses and deteriorates. This lowers the insulation’s R-value. High R-value keeps the cozy, warm air in your home in the winter and keeps cool, refreshing air in your home during the summer.
No insulation in areas that have been converted to living spaces
It’s easy to forget that porches, carports, attic spaces, or garages that are remodeled need insulation in order to keep your home comfortable and to avoid high energy costs.
No adequate insulation in kneewalls
Kneewalls are vertical walls between the house and the attic. These typically occur where ceiling heights change. Vaulted ceilings or skylight wells require proper installation.
Uninsulated attic access
Insulation at the attic access point is essential. A batt of fiberglass insulation can easily be attached to the piece of sheetrock that covers the access point.
What could damage my insulation?
As homes age, it is common for insulation issues to come to light. Homeowners often do not know that there is a problem with their installation until they actually go into the attic to get into their storage.
Insulation problems related to age include old and deteriorating insulation to fallen insulation within the attic’s interior walls.
Insulation may also be affected by other factors such as harbored allergens, toxins, or mold. If left unaddressed, these problems have the potential to cause sickness.
These problems could also cause damage to the structure of your home. Monitoring the insulation in the attic can dramatically lower energy costs and improve the health of your loved ones.
There is also a likelihood that pests have made their way and possibly even made their homes in your attic insulation. Pests like bugs, small critters, and bats consider attic insulation a safe, warm, and secure environment without disruption.
There is a high chance that pests are living in your attic if your attic is not used frequently, or has points that are weak and exposed to the elements.
A sign of a pest problem in your attic is the presence of scratching noises or unexplained movement in your attic. It is imperative to remove the damaged insulation once a pest problem is identified.
Ice dams occur in the wintertime when warm air rises to the top of your snow-covered roof. The warm air melts the snow at the top of the roof.
Melted snow then flows down to the eaves and gutters where it then refreezes. The build-up of ice prevents proper drainage and results in water seeping back into the home. This water causes damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.
If you are uncertain about the state of your attic insulation, ACES Lyfe will be able to help you.
How do I fix my insulation problems?
ACES Lyfe is here to help you fix any insulation problems you have and restore the comfort level you are looking for back to your home.
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