How to Check Your Attic Insulation Levels #RuleYourAttic
Posted On: 11/12/2015 2:59 PM
Attic insulation is something that can easily go overlooked, especially when you consider the fact that many homeowners don’t really make it up into their attics very often. The fact is, a well-insulated attic can make all the difference in the world in regards to home performance, and the more you can do to ensure that your attic is properly insulated, the less headaches you’ll encounter when your energy bill finally shows up.
Ready to #RuleYourAttic? You’ve got to start by checking to see if insulation levels are up to par. Fortunately, it’s a lot easier than you might think to do so.
Discovering What You’re Dealing With
The first step to improving the insulation within your attic is to take a moment to discover what you’re actually dealing with. Start by grabbing a flashlight, as well as either a ruler or a tape measure. So long as getting into your attic is safe and uncomplicated, carefully climb the stairs to the attic or use a ladder to raise its hatch or door. Once you have access, stick your ruler directly into the insulation and use the ruler measurements to take note of its depth in inches. Jot this down—you’re going to need this information soon.
Once you have the numbers on hand, it’s time to determine whether or not your insulation is up to par. For Albany homeowners, attic insulation depth should be at least 16-18 inches, regardless of whether the material is blown fiberglass, mineral wool or cellulose. If you discover that you have less than this in your attic, it’s safe to assume that it would be possible to take home performance to the next level through the usage of new insulation.
What to Do Next
If your levels are looking good, sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee. Otherwise, you may want to consider working with Zerodraft on improving insulation and air sealing for your home. These all-important factors can help to keep conditioned air inside your home where it belongs, as well as push outside air away. In a state where ice dams are exceptionally common during the winter months, improving air sealing and insulation is one of the most effective home performance upgrades that a homeowner can make.
At Zerodraft, we understand attic insulation and air sealing to the fullest degree. Our team of talented home performance professionals will help to develop a plan that fits your home’s needs, as well as your budget. If you have any questions along the way, we’ll be more than happy to answer them in full.
It’s time to #RuleYourAttic before the winter sets in. Contact us today to learn more and to get started.