Everything You Should Know Before Insulating Your Attic Space

What is the Purpose of Attic Insulation?

Insulation lowers the exchange of heat through surfaces including walls, ducts, attics, or roofs. In a suitably-insulated home and attic, less warm air escapes from the house during the winter, and less cool air escapes in the summer. It helps to reduce the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling. Additionally, improving the insulation in the older buildings and home can reduce energy consumption by 20 percent or more. 

Insufficiently insulated attics allow heated or cooled air to flee your home. By incorporating insulation to your attic, you will not only lower your energy bills but also experience the improved energy efficiency and greater comfort of your home. Consequently, attic insulation reduces air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

Insulating Walls, Attics & Floors

The outer surface of your home or building is the wall that neutralizes the inside and outside temperature from equalizing. Well-insulated walls, floors, and roofs reduce the use of your cooling and heating systems to warm and cool the air in your home.

Crawl Space Insulation Can Help:

·      Reduce your energy bills.

·      Improve the efficiency of the cooling and heating system in your home.

·       Make your home more comfortable.

Is It Important to Add Insulation to Crawl Spaces?

Adding insulation to your basement crawl space will make your home more comfortable.  Insulation helps to improve your entire home’s energy value. Without insulating the crawl spaces, heat, and cool air are easily lost through the floor.

If your crawl space is ventilated, it’s important to insulate the sub floor and between the floor joists. For unventilated crawl spaces, focus on insulating the walls.

Reflective/Radiant Barrier:

When the roof absorbs the heat from the sun, much of the heat passes by conduction through materials to the attic side of the roof. The hot roof material then transfers the heat energy into the cooler attic space, including the ducts and the floor. A radiant barrier reduces the heat transferred from the roof into the attic. Radiant barriers are a great option for attics as they are very effective in hot climates. Attic insulation lowers the heat transferred from the attic into the living quarters yet a radiant barrier is the only feature protecting the attic spaces from the dreadful heat.

If you have any questions about attic insulation, crawl space insulation or radiant barriers, contact us and schedule a free inspection!