Are you thinking of ways to save this winter? It’s still (sadly) going to be cold for a while, so thinking of ways to save money without sacrificing comfort is important! Insulation installation is a solution you may want to consider.
As the attic is one of the biggest sources of heat loss in homes, it’s a good idea to start there. Although it’s best to talk to a professional insulation company, there are a few things to look out for on your own to find out if you need more attic insulation.
What Are Your Current Attic Insulation Levels Like?
To start, poke your head up in your attic and briefly survey; this is one of the quickest and easiest ways to tell if you need more attic insulation. Can you see your floor joists (the wooden beams running across the floor)? If the insulation is level with or below the joists, you probably need to re-insulate the attic. Not sure what your situation is? We are happy to help!
Even if your joists are not visible and you think you may have enough attic insulation, there could be hidden air leaks that are significantly reducing the insulation’s performance. Too many air leaks can render insulation essentially useless.
How Else Can You Tell that You Need to Insulate the Attic?
Besides manually checking, there are other ways to tell if you need to re-insulate the attic. Below are signs to look out for (during all seasons):
- Your energy bills are higher than normal.
- The second floor of your home is unusually warm, particularly in the summer.
- Your AC is running more than normal in the summer.
- Ice dams are forming on your roof in the winter.
- Snow melts too quickly off your roof in the winter.
Getting a home energy audit can also be helpful. Although they can be a little costly upfront, energy audits determine exactly where your home is losing energy and costing you money! This can help you save money in the long-run.
Do You Need More Insulation?
Keep in mind that just because you’re experiencing some of these problems doesn’t necessarily mean you need more attic insulation. It’s best to have professional insulators come out and assess your situation because they’ll be able to tell you for sure if you need to re-insulate or not. Our central Indiana area insulation professionals are happy to come out and have a look!
Contact Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie today if you need to install more fiberglass or spray foam insulation in your attic!