- Home Performance Audit
- Insulation For Existing Homes
- Indoor Air Quality
- Air Sealing
- New Construction & Remodeling
The attic is one of the most important areas of the home, and that’s not because it may house sentimental items or holiday decorations. Your attic is key when it comes to your home’s energy efficiency. Regardless of the season in Wisconsin, if your attic is not properly insulated and air sealed, it can cause you to suffer with uncomfortable indoor temperatures and high energy bills month after month.
The first step to ruling your home is to rule your attic. By determining the state of your attic’s insulation, you’ll be able to formulate a plan to make improvements. You can call a professional right away to determine what state your attic is in, but you can also go and see for yourself. In order to safely conduct an attic investigation, you may need boards to walk on, a tape measure, a flashlight, a hard hat and some other protective gear for the face, eyes and hands.
You can begin by doing a quick visual check when looking across your attic, where you should hopefully be able to see some insulation. If that insulation is below or level with the attic floor joists, you will need more insulation. If you can’t see the floor joists, your attic insulation may be sufficient. However, it’s important that the insulation material is distributed evenly throughout your attic without any dips.
Another way to investigate is to measure using a measuring tape. Keep in mind, however, that some older attics may contain vermiculite insulation. This is a pea-size, flaky gray material which may contain asbestos. Don’t disturb vermiculite insulation! Be sure it is professionally tested first to determine whether asbestos is present. Other insulation can be readily measured. If there is no thermal resistance (R-value) printed on the batts, you can calculate your insulation’s R-value by measuring its depth and then multiplying that number by the insulation’s per-inch R-value.
Due to Wisconsin’s varied weather with hot summers and cold, snowy winters, it’s important your attic has the appropriate amount of insulation. If your attic was entirely uninsulated, you will require from R49 to R60. If your attic already had an existing 3-4 inches of insulation, it will need R38 to R49 insulation.
When you have a skilled insulation contractor seal your attic bring your attic insulation to the recommended levels, you’ll experience a number of benefits. Indoor temperatures will be more consistent year-round, as inside heat will not escape into the attic in the winter, and outside heat will not seep into your home through the attic in the summer. You’ll also see less of a need to run your home heating and cooling systems, saving energy and lowering your utility bills from month to month.
The experts at Wisconsin Home Improvement have years of experience in improving attics through air sealing and insulation. We can determine just what your attic needs and WILL professionally install your insulation. By ruling your attic, your home will soon be more comfortable, healthy and energy efficient, allowing you to save on energy bills.