Do I Need Attic Insulation?
At California Energy Services, we place a lot of emphasis on empowering our customers to take home performance into their own hands. Whether it be replacing incandescent light bulbs with new CFL or LED bulbs, researching the benefits of going solar or anything in between, the more we can do to educate homeowners in El Dorado Hills about how to take home performance to the next level, the better.
One area that requires discussion is attic insulation, which can make all the difference when it comes to home comfort and energy efficiency.
Does Your Attic Need More Insulation?
Our attics are often considered to be “out of sight, out of mind.” After all, when was the last time you actually visited your attic? If you’re like most homeowners, it’s been quite a while. Most people don’t realize just how much of an influence attic insulation can have on overall home performance, though. Consider the following issues, all of which can make your home uncomfortable:
- Drafty rooms
- Uneven temperatures from room to room
- High heating and cooling costs
If any of these sound familiar, you’re not alone. Fortunately, there are ways in which to take things into your own hands, and it’s not as difficult as you might think.
Checking Insulation Levels
Before beginning, take a moment to ensure that you have the proper safety measures in place. Protective gloves, safety glasses and a dust mask should all be worn. If the attic isn’t well-lit, be sure to bring a flashlight and to only walk on joists so that you don’t risk falling through the ceiling.
Bring a ruler or a tape measure, which you can use to measure the depth of your current insulation in several places. For specific measurements and to see how your insulation stands up to the national standards, use the Energy Star Insulation Calculator.
Adding Insulation To Your Attic
If you determine that your attic is truly in need of more insulation, the easiest way to beef things up is with extra loose fill or batts. While laying fiberglass rolls over existing insulation is the simplest solution, it’s not quite as effective as installing loose fill, which requires the help of a professional contractor.
If you’re looking to take your attic’s insulation to the next level, California Energy Services is here to help.Taking things into your own hands can be a great way to learn more about attic insulation, but if you want to be sure the job is done right, we’re here to help.
Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an insulation installation appointment.