If your home is experiencing dramatic heat loss, it could be due to a lack of attic insulation. A properly insulated attic plays a key role in keeping your home comfortable and energy efficient. We perform on-site consultations to evaluate your energy needs and install various insulation types. Contact us today for a free estimate.
The Science of Heat Transfer
Heat can often seep through the cracks and crevices in the attic, which creates problems during all seasons. It is a natural scientific process for heat to move to cooler areas. The warmth from the summer sun can just as easily seep in during the summer as your conditioned air can leak out in the winter. Proper attic insulation will prevent this transfer.
Different insulation types have different R-values. An R-value is the measurement of how well a material prevents thermal transfer. The higher the R-value is for a material, the more efficiently it is rated to perform. Spray foam insulation can have an excellent R-value of R-4 to R-6 per inch, while some fiberglass insulation can be rated at just R-2. We can discuss with you the different options available and find something that will fulfill your needs while remaining within your budget.
Attic Insulation Types
No home is the same, so your attic insulation solution will be designed for your space specifically. When we have had the opportunity to evaluate your needs, we may suggest just one type of heat barrier or a combination. Understanding the benefits of each type may help you understand our suggestions.
- Spray Foam Insulation – Also called polyurethane foam, it provides the most efficient coverage available. It begins as two liquids in separate containers. They are sprayed simultaneously and combine in a chemical reaction that creates the foam. As it is sprayed, the foam expands and hardens. It gets inside of tiny cracks and crevices and becomes rigid. This insulation becomes a permanent part of the structure and can even add support. The open-cell variety is slightly spongier and does not offer moisture protection. The closed-cell type provides moisture protection and is so durable that it is often used as a flat roofing material.
- Fiberglass Insulation – This product is for our more budget-minded clients that need affordable solutions. Batts can come in rolls which already measure the standard width between wall studs. This makes installation for professionals easy. Although it boasts an incredible price, it is less effective than other products we provide. When it is installed, it requires cutting pieces to fit each space. This leaves small gaps and seams that allow heat transfer. While our professional precision reduces this effect, it cannot be eliminated without the assistance of another product. We often recommend using spray foam with fiberglass to create the most affordable and effective attic insulation solution.
- Blown in Insulation – Cellulose is the most eco-friendly product used in the attic insulation process. The products we use are 85 percent recycled material and incredibly effective insulators. Forced into the space using pressurized hoses, it leaves a fluffy coat of material. This type of attic insulation must be installed by professionals in order to be effective. If it is applied too thin or too thick, it can result in places that will be lacking in protection.
Give Your HVAC a Break
Did you know that during the hottest months, your attic can reach 130 degrees Fahrenheit? Without proper insulation, this can travel down into your home and make it unbearably hot. Your air conditioner will constantly work to keep temperatures down. In the winter, your heating system will have to work double time to make up for the heat escaping upward. With attic insulation installed properly, you can greatly reduce or eliminate thermal transfer. When your HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard, it can have a longer lifespan.
Allow our home insulation team to do an on-site consultation. We can do great things for your energy efficiency and your pocket book!
We do attic insulation in Fairfield, Westchester, Litchfield and all of the nearby areas.