Attic insulation helps keep your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter more cost effectively. But that not all attic insulation does. Attic insulation has many other important benefits for homeowners.
ATTIC INSULATION IN SUMMER
In summer, proper attic insulation helps to keep cool conditioned air from escaping living spaces. This means you won’t need to run your air conditioner as often saving you money on cooling costs. And because your run your air conditioner less, you extend the life of your air conditioning systems. The cost of replacing an air conditioning systems, depending on the size of your home and run from $8000 to $40,000.
ATTIC INSULATION IN WINTER
In winter, attic insulation helps to keep heated indoor air from escaping living spaces. Good attic insulation helps keep rooms warmer longer which helps keep heating costs under control. It also extends the life of your HVAC system investment by reducing wear and tear from excessive use. Premature cost for replacing a heating system, again depending on the size of your home, can run from $4,000 on the low end to $30,000 on the high end.
ATTIC INSULATION PREVENTS STRUCTURAL DAMAGE
Attic insulation not only keeps living spaces more comfortable and utility bills manageable, fiberglass attic insulation also prevents progressive damage to the structure of your home from excessive heat and moisture issues.
Attic insulation provides a vapor barrier that reduces moisture generated from cooking, cleaning, and bathing from transferring to the attic where it can lead to mold. Mold growth can rapidly spread across an attic, gathering on wood surfaces including adjacent studs, walls and ceilings below. Mold can spread to duct work and impact the indoor air quality of a home which can be especially dangerous for occupants with allergies, asthma, and compromised immunity. Mold mitigation requires train specialists familiar with various mold species and the costs vary depending on the project.
Overtime, moisture vapors can lead to damage to the structural elements of the home. When moisture gathers on wood structures, including rafters, studs, and roof sheathing, the build up of moisture can soften wood fibers causing fibers to swell and become less stable. Left unaddressed, cost associated with structural damage is hard to estimate.
ATTIC INSULATION MUST BE COUPLED WITH SUFFICIENT ATTIC VENTILATION
Attic insulation performs best when coupled with proper attic ventilation. Proper attic ventilation helps remove moisture vapors and prevent moisture build up on the attic. If moisture is excessive, attic insulation cannot perform to it’s rated value.
ATTIC INSULATION UPGRADE
Many homes in suburban Chicago were not built to current attic insulation and roof ventilation standards and fall short of delivering the ideal energy cost saving benefits and structural protections. According to the EPA and EnergyStar, 9 out of 10 homes in America are under-insulated>
The good news is, upgrading your attic insulation is easy and affordable. It can be done within a few hours with blown-in fiberglass.-
THE ATTIC EXPERTS
We have been providing insulation and attic ventilation for over 25 years in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. Call us today at 630.941.3800 for a FREE onsite attic inspection.