Are you looking to insulate or re-insulate your attic? If so, then you have come to the right place. In this read, we will look at attic insulation, how it works and the common options in Florida. All this is with the aim to protect your house and keep you comfortable through every season.
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What is Insulation?
Basically, insulation is the substance used to fill spaces in your house to reduce heat flow by absorption and/or reflection. These spaces include crevices, gaps, above ceilings, hard to reach spots behind walls, etc.
There are various types of insulation including thermal insulation, electrical insulation and soundproofing insulation. Thermal insulation is what we will cover in this read, as when it comes to attic insulation, energy efficiency and comfort levels are the primary concerns. Thermal insulation entails products that reduce heat gain or loss by putting a barrier between sections that are substantially different in temperature.
How Does Insulation Work?
As we all know, heat flows from warmer regions to cooler regions. During the cold season, heat moves directly from warm areas, like your home interior to colder areas, i.e the outdoors. During the warmer months, the opposite happens.
Well, as mentioned above, insulation works to slow down heat transfer from a hot space to a cooler one. Insulation helps improve your home's energy efficiency by reducing the amount of heat that escapes during winter and preventing it from getting too warm during summer.
When installed correctly, insulation increases the indoor comfort levels by maintaining a uniform and consistent temperature from room to room. In addition, it improves your home's energy efficiency by substantially reducing the heating and cooling bills.
Common Types of Attic Insulation
1. Batt Insulation
This is the most common and cost-effective option providing basic coverage. Batt insulation comes with varying widths and thicknesses and can come with or without paper facing. It is installed by hand rolling and works best for attics with sufficient headroom, few obstacles to work around and standard joist spacing.
2. Blown-In Insulation
Blown-in insulation is not only energy-efficient but contains a high percentage of recycled content, making it environmentally friendly. It's also popular due to the dense barrier, effective in preventing heat loss in attics. It is installed with special equipment to blow it to the desired depth & density. Blown-in insulation is best installed in attics with many obstacles, limited headroom and irregular joist spacing.
Factors to Consider
When choosing attic insulation, there are several factors to consider including the available space, R-value and cost. R-value is the rating for the insulating substance's thermal resistance, often per inch of material. As such, the higher the R-value the better the insulation.
Varying insulation types take up varying amounts of space when it comes to effective insulation. Fibreglass batt insulation, for example, has an R-value of 2.9 to 3.8 per inch of thickness.
Having your attic insulated is a worthwhile investment in the long haul as it can substantially reduce the cooling bills, especially when the hot Florida temperatures come back.
Consider reaching out to AtticClean to assess your attic's condition and provide suggestions for the best insulation for your space and needs.