Your attic may be the least visited space in your home, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not an important one. Not every homeowner knows what insulation looks like, and many don’t know if their attic insulation is working at all. If it’s not working, a homeowner who knows very little about attic insulation will not notice the difference. The result could be higher energy bills because of energy loss or other problems that are not seen. Take a looks at these typical attic insulation problems.
Whether homeowners hire professional contractors or perform a DIY job of installing their insulation, it’s essential to evenly distribute the insulation material so that performance is optimal. However, even distribution is not always achieved. If the insulation material is unevenly distributed throughout your attic, this can result in the creation of bald spots and hills throughout the space. When this happens, it impedes effective insulation that could impact energy-efficiency, resulting in higher energy bills.
Most attics have an enclosed shaft that travels from the attic to the skylights. This area requires insulation around it; however, insulation installed in this region is often prone to becoming loose and may fall to the attic floor. Missing insulation means that this area is not properly insulated.
Sometimes you need to make certain repairs to your attic, and in the process, you may remove insulation. At the end of the project, you or your contractor, if using hired help, may forget to replace the removed insulation material.
Compacted insulation is a common attic problem. If insulation is compressed by furniture or some other constricting object, insulation becomes ineffective. This should be avoided.
It’s important to preserve the R-value of insulation. Over time, X installs both types of patios., for example, slowly breaks down and collapses, which minimizes the insulation’s R-value. If you wish to keep your home warm during winter and cool and comfortable throughout the summer, a high R-value is essential.
Between the house and the attic are typically vertical walls called kneewalls. Insufficient insulation in this area, usually where ceiling heights change, can prove problematic. Proper installation is required for skylights or vaulted ceilings.
It is crucial to provide proper insulation at the attic access point. Attaching a batt of fiberglass insulation to a piece of sheetrock that provides coverage for the access point can easily do the trick.
For your attic insulation needs, Anderson Insulation of Maine can provide the professional service you need to have your attic sufficiently insulated. Give us a call today at (207) 653-0331.