Insulating the attic is one of the best ways to boost home comfort and energy efficiency, yet many attics are under-insulated. Is it time to add insulation to your attic?
Signs of an Under-Insulated Attic
Here are some telltale signs that it’s time for an attic insulation upgrade:
Ice dams form when heat accumulates in the attic, melting snow on the roof which then refreezes along the roof’s edge.
Inconsistent temperatures from room to room, especially upstairs, could mean insulation is missing in key areas in the attic.
Drafts occur when heat rises into the attic, creating a suction effect which pulls cold outside air into lower areas of the home.
High Energy Bills
High energy bills during the winter could be a sign that valuable indoor heat is rising into the attic via gaps in insulation.
How Attic Insulation Works
- Heat in your home naturally rises
- If the attic is under-insulated, heat enters and escapes through the roof.
- If the attic is well insulated, heat stays in your living spaces.
Benefits of Proper Insulation
Proper attic insulation can offer a number of surprising benefits:
- Greater home comfort
- Fewer indoor drafts
- More stable temperatures
- Increased energy efficiency
- Lower energy bills
- Fewer HVAC repairs