One of the most important and often overlooked areas of the home is the attic. There’s no getting around it: If your house is in a cold climate, keeping it warm in the winter is expensive. Making sure your home has proper insulation is one of the simplest ways to keep a lid on your heating bill this season. The Department of Energy estimates that a properly insulated attic can shave 10 to 50 percent off your heating bill. And it works the opposite way for warm climates; in summer, it helps stabilize your house’s indoor temps to keep cooling needs in check.
Types of Attic Insulation
- Blanket Insulation
This type of attic insulation is designed to be installed in regular sized spaces or rooms. Although blanket insulation can be installed in any size space, there is a need to adjust the sizing or sometimes the shape of the to fit its location. There are various sizes for this type ranging from small to large.
The blanket is often made from natural fibers, wool or even fiberglass. This type of insulation is also characterized by a vapor barrier. It is usually comprised of foil or paper. This type of insulation is common because it does not require other equipment installed to function. However, blanket insulation may not be the best choice for your attic insulation requirements.
- Blown-in Insulation
This is the most common type of attic insulation in use. Blown-in insulation is comprised of a bag of minerals, fiberglass, cellulose, or even wool material and a machine used to blow it into spaces. This is said to be a better alternative to the blanket insulation because it only requires a space for the blowing machine to be able to apply the insulation and give precise coverage. Thus, this is more likely to be installed in irregularly shaped rooms or areas that need exact coverage.
Common Problems of Improperly Installed Attic Insulation and their Remedy
- Moist Ceiling
If the insulation is correctly installed which includes all parts of its components, moisture or dampness of the ceiling or walls should not usually happen. However, improper installation can cause a myriad of issues including mold in a room, attic, ceiling and even the floor. In some cases, there might not be evidence of immediate moisture, but a minor leak can cause a major problem. This issue must be corrected in a timely manner to not worsen the potential damage.
- Danger of Fire
Since some components of attic insulation are flammable, not properly installing or misplacement of position may endanger the household for it may cause fire. This is more probable during summer time when the heat is at peak and the slightest spark can ignite and cause a fire.
Any of the mentioned undesirable outcomes can be avoided by having a professional inspect and install your attic insulation. Call Peak Roofing and Siding for a free inspection of your attic today. Having it done right the first time can save a lot of money in the long term.
These outcomes can be prevented by properly placing the components and facing the vapor barrier in the right direction. There are several benefits of a properly installed insulation system. On top of the list of the advantages brought about by properly installed insulation systems in the attic, a lot of energy is saved. Other than this, the family will be able to enjoy or live a comfortable life in the winter as well as summer seasons.