Save Money by Increasing Attic Insulation in Columbia
Having the proper amount of insulation in your attic can make your Columbia home more comfortable all year long. Increased energy efficiency could also help you save money on utility bills.
Do you have the right amount of insulation? Probably not. A recent study by the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association determined 90 percent of homes in the U.S. are underinsulated. If every home in the country was appropriately insulated to modern building code, the Boston University School of Public Health found it would reduce electric consumption by 37 billion kilowatts. That’s enough electricity to power 3.4 million American homes each year!
Does My Home Have Enough Insulation?
You can check existing insulation to find out if you have enough in your attic. If it’s lower than 7” deep, your home is lacks enough insulation. In Columbia, 13-14” deep is recommended.
Additionally, if your home is more than 10 years old, you’ll likely need increased insulation.
Strengthening your insulation levels could positively change your energy bills, saving you up to 20 percent.** It can supply a vapor barrier against humidity, stop air leaks and may lessen wear and tear on your HVAC system.
Types of Attic Insulation
There are three kinds of attic insulation—spray foam, loose fill and batt.
Spray foam insulation uses liquids that change into a foam on contact. Closed- or open-cell applications can be used in attics.
Closed-cell foam supplies the most insulation. It also offers a comprehensive barrier against air, vapor and water.
Open-cell foam expands when applied, filling cracks and other spaces that are hard to get to. It’s best for obstructing air but isn’t completely waterproof.
Both types of spray foam insulation may even help block noise.
Loose Fill and Batt Insulation
Loose fill insulation is blown in through special machinery, while batt insulation is rolls that can be portioned to fit. Insulating material can involve fiberglass, cellulose, mineral wool and cotton.
Insulation is graded for its resistance to heat flow. This is also called the R-value. Different levels are recommended based on where you live.
Midland Air Service Experts can help you identify what kind of insulation is best for the climate in Columbia and your home’s needs. Our insulation installers offer a full range of quality insulation services backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year.
Get started by asking us for a home comfort consultation and free estimate today.