Save Money by Increasing Attic Insulation in Elkhart
Having the right amount of insulation in your attic can make your Elkhart home more pleasant throughout the year. Better energy efficiency could also help you save money on heating and cooling costs.
Do you have the correct amount of insulation? Probably not. A recent study by the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association found 90 percent of homes in the U.S. don’t have enough insulation. If every home in the country was suitably insulated to today’s building code, the Boston University School of Public Health discovered it would slash 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 determine if you have an adequate amount in your attic. If it’s lower than 7” deep, your home is lacks enough insulation. In Elkhart, 16-18” 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 provide a vapor barrier against humidity, stop air leaks and may limit 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 combines liquids that change into a foam on contact. Closed- or open-cell applications can be used in attics.
Closed-cell foam gives the most insulation. It also offers an extensive barrier against air, vapor and water.
Open-cell foam spreads when applied, stopping cracks and other spaces that are hard to get to. It’s best for blocking air but isn’t 100 percent waterproof.
Both types of spray foam insulation may even help absorb noise.
Loose Fill and Batt Insulation
Loose fill insulation is blown in with special machinery, while batt insulation is rolls that can be cut to fit. Insulating material can include fiberglass, cellulose, mineral wool and cotton.
Insulation is graded for its resistance to heat flow. This is also called the R-value. Certain levels are recommended based on where you live.
BW/Cook Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can help you identify what type of insulation is best for the climate in Elkhart and your home’s needs. Our insulation installers provide 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.