In the Attic? Spot Check for Adequate Insulation

One of the easiest things you can do in your home to increase energy savings is to ensure that your attic has adequate insulation. If it doesn’t, it becomes one of the prime ways for warmth to escape from the home, or for cool air in your home to escape. The next time you’re in the attic, it would be worth your while to conduct a simple check to confirm that you have adequate insulation in this easily overlooked area.

As you look across the entire expanse of the attic, make note of the level of insulation relative to the floor joists, which can usually be seen easily. If the level of insulation is at the same height or below the level of the floor joists themselves, then you need to add some insulation in those areas. Do not just make this check in the middle of the attic, but particularly check corners and outer edges as well, because these are common areas for under-insulation.

If you can’t see the floor joists because the insulation level covers them all, your insulation is adequate and you should not add more. But for any areas at or below the floor joists, insulation should be added to bring that level well above the floor joists. You don’t need to use the exact same kind of insulation that you currently have installed in the attic, but you do need to bring it up to an R-value (the measurement of insulation’s resistance to heat flow) of about 38.

In terms of height, this should be somewhere between 10 and 14 inches, depending on the type of insulation you’re working with. When you look around your attic, you should see evenly distributed insulation levels with no low spots anywhere, that rise above all floor joists.

For any expert advice you may need on home comfort issues, please call us at Balance Point Heating & Air Conditioning, or contact us through our website. We have been providing high quality products and services to residential and commercial customers in the Fort Collins area for more than 20 years.

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