Insulation is essential for reducing heat flow from your home to the exterior. Adding insulation between the indoors and the outdoors reduces that energy demand, improves the comfort of your home, and saves you money.
The U.S. Department of Energy recommends that attics in our region have an R-value between R-38 and R-60. The best way to tell if you have sufficient insulation is to look in your attic. If your existing insulation levels are less then 13 inches deep, then you need additional insulation. The insulation should be distributed evenly throughout the attic. If your home has a cape cod style attic, then the knee walls and slopes should also be properly insulated.
- Cold rooms
- The rafters in your attic are visible
- The knee walls in your attic are uninsulated
- There is no existing access to your attic
- Ice dams in the winter
Insulating your attic is a moderately difficult do it yourself project. If you want to do some of the work yourself, keep the following tips in mind
- Insulation should fill all gaps between the rafters and create a consistent plane across the attic.
- Rafter vents or baffles should be installed to allow for proper ventilation.
- The attic door or hatch should be insulated.
Our energy advisors can help you identify ways to make your home more energy efficient and connect you to a qualified trade partner that can complete the work for you.
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