The falling leaves and temperatures that signal the arrival of autumn here in Southeast Michigan are a reminder that it’s time to prep your home for the winter weather to come. One task that you don’t want to overlook is having the insulation in your home’s unfinished attic evaluated. Scheduling a checkup by the team here at Victors Roofing and topping up your attic insulation levels if necessary before the cold hits is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to:
- Increase your family’s wintertime comfort.
- Reduce your heating bills and unnecessary wear and tear on your heating equipment.
- Protect your home’s interior, attic and roof decking from potential damage caused by condensation and ice dams.
How Attic Insulation Works
Heat energy always moves from warmer to colder areas, so in the winter, the warmth your heating system produces to keep your home comfortable naturally tries to migrate into colder spaces, like your unfinished attic. Insulation slows heat movement, and its ability to resist that movement is measured with a numerical R-value. In our area, the Department of Energy (DOE) recommends insulating an attic floor to between R-49 and R-60 to keep heat migration into the attic to a minimum and increase the home’s overall energy efficiency.
Why Blown-in Attic Insulation is the Way to Go
There are several types of insulation that you might use in your attic, but at Victors Roofing, we believe blown-in cellulose insulation is the best choice for a number of reasons:
- Attics typically have numerous areas that are hard to access, like low spaces close to the eaves, around HVAC, plumbing and electrical components and obstructions like a chimney. This makes it almost impossible to install products like rolled fiberglass batts to insulate the space effectively.
- Blown-in cellulose insulation conforms to any space, so it’s easy for a skilled technician to install it evenly throughout the attic to achieve the R-value that brings you the greatest boost in energy efficiency.
- Compared to other types of blown-in insulation products, like fiberglass or wool, cellulose insulation has a higher R-value of up to 3.8 per inch. This means it takes less to reach the DOE’s recommended level of R-49 to R-60, and you’ll save money on insulating.
To schedule a free evaluation of your attic insulation and checkup for any concerning issues like condensation damage or roof decking deterioration, contact us today at Victors Roofing.