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Attic Insulation

Is your home experiencing

any of the below? 

  • Less than 10 inches of attic insulation 

  • Exposed ductwork above insulation 

  • Visible attic floor joists above or between existing insulation

  • Cold drafts during the winter

  • Rooms directly beneath the attic get too hot in summer or too cold in winter – while other rooms remain comfortable

  • High heating fuel or electric bills 

If so, your attic insulation probably isn't up to par..

 

The attic is most often the most insufficiently insulated part of your home, making it typically the biggest source of energy loss. When an attic is not properly insulated, conditioned air is lost quickly resulting in your home being more difficult and expensive to keep comfortable during the winter or summer. Without proper insulation, heated interior air naturally rises and escapes into the attic through air leaks during the cold winter months.This makes rooms directly below the attic even colder. Alternatively, in the summer, as the attic temperature rises, the heat moves into your living spaces, making those spaces, typically bedrooms, hotter and more difficult to cool. A poorly insulated attic also contributes to the formation of ice dams, icicles and mold growth, causing safety hazards and health issues .

 

Insulation levels and thermal performance are measured by R-Value. The higher the R-value, the better the insulation's ability to resist heat flow. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends that most homes in New York have between R-49 and R-60 of attic insulation, depending on the insulation material. It is also recommended homes in northern climates have 16-18 in. of attic insulation, but many homes have as little as 9 in. In fact, 90% of homes are under-insulated according to the Insulation Institute. If you haven't had an insulation upgrade recently, your home likely is too. Even newer homes, built to local building codes are far below what home performance industry experts recognize as necessary, because the codes only stipulate minimum performance standards. This is why most homes are lacking proper insulation, and homeowners are dealing with uncomfortable temperatures and the high expenses of heating and cooling.  

How can we help? 

 

Installing the correct amount of insulation in your attic is crucial to your home’s comfort and can significantly decrease you energy bills. The ideal way to upgrade your attic insulation and improve R-value is by installing cellulose insulation. Cellulose insulation is made primarily from recycled newspaper, it is treated with a fire-retardant and free of harmful chemicals, making it environmentally friendly and keeping your home safer from a fire hazard. It can be blown into open areas and cavities, making it an extremely versatile option that is favored among home performance experts.  

 

Properly Insulating an Attic:

  • Complete a home assessment to examine and identify problem areas, we request that you clear a pathway to the attic entrance prior to our visit

  • Air leaks are sealed along with the HVAC ductwork  

  • Attic baffles are installed to improve ventilation so air can pass over insulation 

  • Insulation is blown in and measured to an optimal depth for your home 

Upgrading your attic insulation can help you finally achieve comfort in those rooms that get too cold or hot throughout the year. More importantly, it can cut your heating & cooling costs up to 40%, saving you money each month! Best of all, once an attic insulation upgrade is completed, there's no maintenance and you won’t need another one.

Benefits of Improved Attic Insulation:

  • Improves comfort year round by limiting heat flow

  • Lowers heating & cooling bills up to 40%, saving you money

  • Prevents the formation of ice dams, icicles, and mold / mildew growth

  • Reduce outside noise

  • Improve humidity control

  • Lessen the demand on your HVAC system

If your attic’s insulation is below recommended levels, contact VFD Contracting today!