For quality attic insulation in California, Arizona, Washington, Hawaii, Colorado and Nevada trust the professionals at Alcal Home Division. We specialize in delivering insulation and energy efficient products to increase comfort and reduce year-round costs associated with heating and cooling your home. You can get an instant quote above by simply choosing how many square feet you want to insulate in your home or business. Below, you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions about insulation.
Why should I upgrade my attic insulation?
The Department of Energy estimates that heating and cooling loads consume between 50 - 70% of the energy used in the average United States home. Additionally, the DOE estimates that at least 80% of all homes in the U.S. are currently un-insulated or under-insulated. A significant portion of that energy consumption results from heat entering the home through the ceiling where adequate insulation greatly reduces the effects. Upgrading your insulation can save you up to $400 annually on an 1800 square foot home.
What do I need
to know about upgrading my attic insulation?
Before you upgrade your attic insulation, you need to assess its current condition. Determine if a moisture barrier is in place. Calculate the level of insulation currently in the attic. Ensure the duct system is properly insulated and without leaks. Check for leaks around light fixtures and ceiling penetrations and where the ceiling meets the wall. Insulation contractors can assist with these evaluations and insulation upgrades.
What are my options for attic insulation?
Home insulation varies in terms of “R” value and installation type. The “R” value measures the resistance of the material to the transference of heat. The 2008 building code requires all new homes to have a minimum of R30 insulation in a ceiling under an attic space, and the new 2014 building code increases that to R-38 in new construction. Increasing the R-value of your attic insulation should be the goal of any upgrade. Types of insulation available for attics include, “blown in” loose-fill, batts, rolls, and spray foam. The selection of the appropriate type will depend upon obstructions in the attic, ease of access, and roof pitch.
What should I look for when upgrading my attic insulation?
Blown-in insulation is the most common choice because it can fill areas that are hard to reach using other insulation types. Verify that the insulation has been installed to the proper depth. Blown-in insulation will settle, therefore it is important that the original depth of insulation allows for the settling. Verify that your ceiling can support the added weight of the insulation and that there are no gaps in the insulation allowing for air movement. If this is a do-it-yourself project, be sure to read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper installation.
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