We’ve talked about air sealing on another page, but you’ll also want to check your attic insulation levels and add more if necessary. The attic is definitely one of the easiest locations to add insulation. Adding insulation to your attic can improve your comfort and the energy efficiency of your home.
Is my attic insulation enough?
No matter what kind of insulation you currently have in your attic, one quick way to determine if you need more is to simply take a look across the attic span. If your insulation is just level with or below your floor joists, adding more would be a great idea. It’s very important to make sure that the insulation is distributed evenly
Ok…how much do I add?
Insulation levels are specified by R-Value. R-Value is a measure of insulation’s ability to resist heat flow. The higher the R-Value, the better the thermal performance of the insulation. The recommended level for most attics is to insulate to R-38 or about 10 to 14 inches, depending on the insulation type.
What kind of insulation do I add?
When adding additional insulation, you do not have to use the same type of insulation that currently exists in your attic. You can add loose fill on top of fiberglass batts or blankets, and vice-versa. If you use fiberglass over loose-fill, make sure the fiberglass batt has no paper or foil backing; it needs to be “unfaced.” If you choose to add loose-fill, it may be wise to hire a professional, as the application requires the use of a blowing machine, although some home improvement stores offer rentals of this machine.
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