Attic insulation plays a key role in maintaining a comfortable indoor home environment. During cold winter months, poor insulation can easily allow heat to escape through ceilings and walls, causing your furnace to work harder to maintain your home at a comfortable temperature. Insufficient attic insulation can result in overworked HVAC equipment and higher energy bills. By keeping your attic properly insulated, you can extend the lifeline of your HVAC system and avoid a rise in heating costs.
Purpose of Insulation
The state of your home’s attic will contribute to gaining or losing heart in your home. Good insulation can work on your behalf during both winter and summer. During winter, heated air pumped through your home will eventually rise to the attic. Insulation prevents this warm air from escaping so your home can stay warmer in cold winter months. During summer, attic insulation acts as a barrier to keep hot temperatures from filtering down to your living areas. Insulation works with your AC system to keep your home cool all summer long.
Benefits of Attic Insulation
Adequate attic insulation can help you enjoy a more comfortable interior environment at lower energy costs. By seeing that your attic is properly insulated, you benefit from:
Regulated temperature within your home
Improved performance from your HVAC system
Reduced energy bills
Extended lifespan of HVAC equipment
Types of Insulation
Attic insulation is available in two forms: loose fill insulation and blanket (batt) insulation. Blanket insulation may consist of layers of fiberglass or other material that’s adjoined to cardboard, foil or heavy paper on one or both sides. This type of insulation can be purchased in rolls in varied widths and can be measured and cut to whatever size a homeowner requires. Sufficient layers of blanket insulation placed in between beams and joists of attic walls, ceilings and floors will protect a home from excessive heat and cold.
Loose fill insulation consists of bits of foam, fiberglass or cellulose and is blown inside the empty spaces of your attic’s walls, ceiling and floors. It’s more convenient to use in large attics or those that are irregularly shaped. When installed properly, loose fill insulation offers a uniform layer of protection for your attic which helps regulate the temperature throughout the rest of your home.
Proper attic insulation combined with a good HVAC system will enable you and your family to enjoy a comfortable and pleasant home environment all throughout the year.