Chances are good that your home could benefit from Insulation being added to your attic. Many homes have inadequate insulation—often none at all in older homes! Or your attic may be insulated with fiberglass that is doing a poor job. If needed, cellulose can be easily applied over existing insulation. Capping loose-fill fiberglass insulation with cellulose not only adds R-value, it actually restores the effective R-value that fiberglass insulation loses during cold weather.
With proper ceiling insulation, you can reduce the workload on your heating and cooling system, reduce your energy bills and keep your home more comfortable year round. If you live in an older home, you’ll normally benefit from adding ceiling insulation. In most existing homes, adding wall insulation is expensive and usually does not reduce energy costs enough to justify the expense.
How You Can Tell If You Need Attic Insulation
You’ll usually benefit from additional attic insulation if:
- Your air conditioner works extra hard to cool your home
- Your home heats up quickly after the air conditioner cycles off
- You have comfort problems such as being too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter
If you home was built:
- Before 1985 The insulation is most likely well below minimum standards
- Between 1986-1995 The insulation is probably slightly below minimum standards
- After 1996 The insulation is most likely meets minimum standards
The US Department of Energy recommends insulation levels above the minimum building code standard.