Having the right amount of insulation in your attic can make your Atlanta home cozier throughout the seasons. Increased energy efficiency could also help you save money on utility bills.
Do you have the right amount of insulation? Probably not. A recent study by the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association discovered 90 percent of homes in the U.S. lack enough insulation. If every home in the country was appropriately insulated to current building code, the Boston University School of Public Health discovered it would slash electric consumption by 37 billion kilowatts. That’s enough electricity to power 3.4 million American homes every year!
Does My Home Have Enough Attic Insulation?
You can assess existing insulation to find out if you have enough in your attic. If it’s shallower than 7” deep, your Atlanta home is lacks enough insulation. In Atlanta, 16-18” deep is recommended.
Additionally, if your home is more than 10 years old, you’ll likely need increased attic insulation in your Atlanta home.
Building up your insulation levels could positively change your energy bills, saving you up to 20 percent.** It can provide a vapor barrier against humidity, stop air leaks and may restrict wear and tear on your HVAC system.
Types of Attic Insulation
There are three kinds of attic insulation—spray foam, loose fill and batt.
Spray foam insulation uses liquids that expand into a foam on contact. Closed- or open-cell applications can be used in attics.
Closed-cell foam supplies the most insulation. It also offers a comprehensive barrier against air, vapor and water.
Open-cell foam expands when applied, stopping cracks and other spaces that are hard to get to. It’s best for stopping air but isn’t completely waterproof.
Both types of spray foam insulation may even help block noise.
Loose Fill and Batt Insulation for Attics
Loose fill insulation is blown in using special machinery, while batt insulation is rolls that can be cut to fit. Insulating material can contain fiberglass, cellulose, mineral wool and cotton.
Insulation is graded for its resistance to heat flow. This is also called the R-value. Different levels are recommended based on where you live.
Peachtree Service Experts can help you figure out what type of attic insulation is best for the climate in Atlanta and your home’s needs. Our attic insulation installers provide a full range of outstanding insulation services backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year.
Get started by asking us for a home comfort consultation and free estimate today.