A poorly insulated attic can cause your family many issues, from high energy bills to unwanted drafts. As Pittsburgh’s coldest time of year approaches, it is important to check for the signs of poor insulation in your attic before the snow comes. But how do you know if your attic’s insulation is the problem?
A significant cause for concern when an attic is poorly insulated is the HVAC system working twice as hard to keep your family warm or cool. Not only is the system working harder, but all that work is going straight outdoors (literally). When your home is poorly insulated, and your warm or cool air is escaping, you crank the system to enjoy a moderate temperature in your home. Unfortunately, while your system is working hard, it also raises your energy bills.
As previously mentioned, a poorly insulated attic can cause ice dams or icicles on your roof. Ice dams become a big problem when they cause your shingles to detach from your roof, gutters to crunch, and icicles can potentially fall off into your yard below, potentially harming objects below.
Once you’re positive the attic is the issue, what do you do? First, there are a few types of insulation you may want to put in your attic: the most common include blown-in, batt or roll, and spray foam.
Blown-in insulation comes in fiberglass or cellulose and creates a thick coating on your attic floor.
Batt or Roll
Batt or roll insulation is usually made of fiberglass or rock wool and is installed in rolls, typically along the walls of your attic.
Spray foam insulation is sprayed into your attic via a chemical reaction that expands to fit into every nook and cranny.
Once you’ve concluded that your attic is poorly insulated, call a trusted insulation contractor to schedule a visit. An insulation professional will provide your family with the recommended insulation type for your home. It is also a good idea to call a roofing professional to check your roof and ensure ice dams did not cause your home any damage.