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Attic Insulation Benefits
The attic typically the most important area of the house to have insulated. Without an insulated attic, cool or hot air just escapes through the top of your home. Many homeowners complain that they run their air conditioner all day but the house never gets as cool as they would like. This is the sign of a poorly insulated attic. Insulated attics keep in the cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter. An insulated attic provides a barrier as well so during winter the cold air stays in the attic and doesn’t leak into the house. This applies to summer as well where the hot air stays in the attic keeping the house cool. Additional benefits of insulating an attic with blown cellulose is the cellulose provides moisture resistance to decrease chance of mold and fire resistance.
What is the Best Attic Insulation?
There are several types of attic insulation that Advanced Home Energy can use when insulating an attic. This depends on the specific design of your house. Building science professionals recommend that attic insulation achieves at least an R-30 rating. The R-value of attic insulation measures how much insulation is installed. Most homes with older attic insulation have an effect R-value of R-10 or less. Many have just a value of R-2 if the insulation is old or not properly installed.
Types of Attic Insulation
The types of attic insulation that AHE installs include: denim batts, blown in cellulose, spray foam and radiant barriers. Advanced Home Energy typically uses blown in cellulose as that is type is usually the best suited for most Bay Area attics. However the other types of attic insulation might be best solution for your home. Our expert building scientists can recommend which type of attic insulation best suits your family’s needs.