Whether you live in a warm-weather climate or in a cooler northern climate, it is hard to keep comfortable and to keep those costly energy bills at a reasonable level. One way to make an impact on your energy bills is to check your attic insulation, as many homeowners have no idea how much they have or if they need to replace it.
The answer depends on where you live. Colder Canadian climates need a higher insulation level in their attic than those who live in a warmer climate. These higher insulation levels will keep heated air in your home from escaping through the roof in the winter. During the summertime, a good blanket of attic insulation helps keep the house cooler and reduces the load on air-conditioning equipment. Adding adequate home insulation can cut heating energy costs by as much as 50 to 80%.
To determine if you need more insulation, measure the depth of the insulation you have currently in place with a ruler or tape measure. Charts are available from Canadian Building Association that shows the approximate thickness of each type of insulation you should ideally have in the attic. When you do the measuring, make sure you have plenty of light to work by, take caution not to step through the ceiling and work on a cool day.
If you determine that your attic could use more insulation, you have two options:
- Install new fibreglass bats over the existing insulation
- Have new insulation blown-in over the existing insulation
If you decide on loose-fill fibreglass or cellulose, consider hiring a professional attic insulation team to install the material. The equipment pros use blows in material at the correct density. Don’t be concerned if it seems they are installing more insulation than necessary; the material will settle to the right thickness.
Contact Titans RoofWorks today to get a free no obligation quote on your attic insulation project.