Did you know that a poorly installed attic might result in around 25% of heat loss during the winter season? This means that your heating system is not working efficiently and your hard-earned money spent on the heating system is going down the drain.
Moreover, home utility bills comprise an estimate of 54% of the cost of the heating and the cooling system in your house and around 10% of the cost is wasted because of poorly insulated floors.
A proper ventilation system is crucial for your health but despite this fact, many people still overlook the maintenance of their ventilation system. Poor insulation of the attic can lead to some serious issues in your heating and cooling systems. By getting the attic properly insulated, you can minimize your heating and cooling expenses by up to 40 percent.
The Process of attic insulation
The process is carried out by a team of professional contractors and great care is taken while following the steps to make sure that there is no chance left for a leakage. You must only hire a team of professionals who can take care of all the steps mentioned below:
1. Clean up the attic
Cleaning up the attic is important because unwanted stuff might be accumulated in the space available. By doing this, the workers get easy access to every inch and this helps in getting quick and desirable results.
2. Searching for Air and Water Leaks
The second step is to search for any air and water leaks. Chances of air leakage are still there even if you have already insulated your attic. The small inches of space in the windows, doors, ducts, and chimneys are discovered by the workers using special equipment.
Checking water leaks is really beneficial to the life of insulation as water leakage might result in growing mold and bacteria that blocks the heat flow.
3. Blocking Air and Water Leaks
After looking for air and water leaks, the next step is to seal them by applying different types of insulation. If there are holes then, they could be sealed by using a caulk but if a hole is bigger than 0.25 inches, spray foam is used.
4. Final inspection
After sealing the air and water leaks, the final step is to look for any further leakages and that involves checking, if the exhaust is facing the right direction, this prevents humid air from getting into the attic.
Types of Attic Insulation
Some of the attic insulation types along with their pros and cons are mentioned below.
1. Fiberglass Batt Attic Insulation
Fiberglass is made up of 20 to 30 percent recycled material and sand. It is installed using large rolled-up sheets, called batts. It is moisture resistant and very effective against molds and bacteria.
Moreover, fiberglass insulation provides safety, since it is fire resistant. So, it is ideal for wooden made attic floors.
2. Blown-in Fiberglass Insulation
The material used is the same as in fiberglass but the only difference is that it is packed in bags and not installed on large sheets. If there is any air or water leakage, it is blown in using a blowing machine that fills in the gaps.
This gives you high-quality results but in a lesser amount, since no batts of large sheets are used and the application is quite easy too.
3. Blown-in Cellulose
Just like blown-in fiberglass, cellulose is also blown in using the blowing machine. Cellulose is made up of different types of materials including wood, cardboard, and newspaper. These materials are shredded into tiny pieces and then blown in to insulate the surface.
Cellulose is cost-effective as it uses cheap material like a recycled newspaper which is treated with chemicals like boric acid to properly seal the insulation.
4. Spray Foam Insulation
The most demanding type of insulation nowadays is spray foam insulation. A liquid is sprayed which turns into foam and fills in the gaps, sealing them forever.
The cost for this type of insulation is relatively higher than the others but considering the fact that it lasts longer and has a greater R-value, makes it even more suitable
Pros & Cons of Attic Insulation
Why choose AusTex for Attic Insulation?
Here at AusTex Duct Cleaning, we got a team of professional workers with more than 8 years of experience, providing attic insulation and other services.
We also show before and after images of the entire procedure to the customers for their satisfaction. We also make sure that you see an improvement after getting our services.
Before leaving, we clean up all the mess produced in the process, making the customers even more satisfied with our service.
If you are interested in getting our attic insulation service, then please call us at +1 512-522-0569 or schedule an appointment with us and our team will visit your place to provide you with our best services