Save Money by Increasing Attic Insulation in Denver
Having the proper amount of insulation in your attic can make your Denver home more comfortable all year long. Increased energy efficiency could also help you save money on heating and cooling expenses.
Do you have the right amount of insulation? Probably not. A recent study by the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association found 90 percent of homes in the U.S. are underinsulated. If every home in the country was properly insulated to today’s building code, the Boston University School of Public Health found it would reduce electric consumption by 37 billion kilowatts. That’s enough electricity to power 3.4 million American homes every year!
Does My Home Have Enough Insulation?
You can measure existing insulation to determine if you have enough in your attic. If it’s less than 7” deep, your home is underinsulated. In Denver, 16-18” deep is recommended.
Additionally, if your home is more than 10 years old, you’ll likely need increased insulation.
Building up your insulation levels could positively impact your energy bills, saving you up to 20 percent.** It can supply 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 varieties of attic insulation—spray foam, loose fill and batt.
Spray foam insulation uses liquids that turn into a foam on contact. Closed- or open-cell applications can be used in attics.
Closed-cell foam supplies 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 dampen noise.
Loose Fill and Batt Insulation
Loose fill insulation is blown in through special machinery, while batt insulation is rolls that can be trimmed to fit. Insulating material can contain fiberglass, cellulose, mineral wool and cotton.
Insulation is graded for its resistance to heat flow. This is also referred to as the R-value. Certain levels are recommended based on where you live.
Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can help you figure out what type of insulation is best for the climate in Denver and your home’s needs. Our insulation installers offer a full range of outstanding 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.