If you’re like most homeowners, you rarely venture into your attic, so you may not know if space is adequately insulated, whether the existing insulation is evenly distributed and installed in hard-to-reach areas, or if misplaced insulation is blocking the vents that are necessary for maintaining good airflow. If you’re unsure whether you have R-60 of properly-installed attic insulation between the floor joists as recommended by the Department of Energy, it’s time to schedule a professional inspection and make necessary improvements so you can reap benefits like:
Protection Against Structural Deterioration
A lack of attic insulation is one of the main reasons why heat and moisture build up in the space and make it susceptible to mold growth, structural decay, and deterioration of the roof system. Heat rising up into the attic in the winter also facilitates ice dam formation along the eaves, which may result in damaging water backups into the attic and exterior walls. Attic condensation and water intrusions can also degrade the R-value of any existing insulation and render it ineffective. Making sure that you have the correct amount of attic insulation and that it’s evenly and accurately distributed can help protect your home from all of these problems.
Greater Home Comfort
If your attic isn’t well sealed and insulated, you’re going to lose comfort needlessly during every heating and cooling season. In the winter, a percentage of the warmth produced by your heating system will be lost from seepage up into the attic. The opposite occurs in the summer, as heat transfers down through the ceilings into your living space. When you have deficiencies in the attic addressed, you’ll enjoy a more consistent temperature throughout your home, with fewer drafts and hot or cold spots.
It’s impossible to get the full benefit from your home heating and cooling budget when your equipment has to compensate for insufficient or ineffective attic insulation. Such deficiencies not only increase your energy consumption and costs, but they also put unnecessary wear and tear on your HVAC equipment, which can cause it to break down more often or shorten its useful lifespan. When your attic is well-sealed and insulated, you’ll save money on energy and avoid the added expense of unnecessary HVAC equipment repairs or premature replacements.
To schedule an expert evaluation of the attic insulation in your Elk Grove Village home, contact us at Adams Roofing Professionals.