Don’t Use Your Attic? You Should Still Insulate It!

An unused attic can feel like a waste of space—so why on earth would you spend the time and money to remove your old insulation (if there was any up there in the first place) and install new insulation? Because it can have a noticeable effect on your entire home! Here is what you need to know about how attic insulation can benefit your home, whether you use the space or not!

Has Your Insulation Lost its Effectiveness?

The insulation in your home can gradually decline over time, making it tough to identify when it’s time for an upgrade. However, there are some symptoms you can look out for in your Southern Vermont or Southwestern New Hampshire home that will indicate your insulation is no longer doing what it is supposed to—keep your indoor living space isolated from the outside environment!

Is your home:

  • Drafty?

  • Inconsistent when it comes to room-to-room temperature?

  • Expensive to heat and cool?

  • Prone to ice dams?

  • Uncomfortably hot in the summer?

Replacing your attic insulation can help solve these problems. Installing better attic insulation will keep your entire home more comfortable and efficient, even if you never use your attic.

How Effective Insulation Works

The idea behind insulating any kind of home is to reduce the amount of heat aka energy that is able to pass between the inside and outside. This is especially important in areas where heat can collect, like the attic. In the winter, the heat from your furnace will find its way up through your home, through the ceiling, and out of the roof. This can happen through tiny holes and cracks in your home, or through the ceiling and roofing materials themselves. Insulation slows this process down, keeping more of the heat from your furnace inside the home. 

In the summer, the same thing happens, but in reverse. The summer sun warms up the roof, which heats up the attic, which enters your home through the ceiling and reduces the effectiveness of your air conditioner. 

Using the right insulation material in the attic will benefit your home in a number of ways, such as:

  • Reduce heating and cooling costs

  • Stable temperatures throughout the entire home

  • Protection from winter ice dams

  • Less need to run the furnace or air conditioner 

Preventing Ice Dams

Ice dams occur when a warm attic melts the bottom layer of snow accumulation on a roof. That snowmelt drains to colder areas and refreezes, which then blocks future drainage and can push water into the home. An ice dam can cause moisture damage that is expensive and inconvenient to repair, and can even lead to undetected rot and mold growth. Proper attic insulation is the best way to prevent ice dams!

Save with Insulation Rebates

With an expert spray foam insulation company like Vermont Foam Insulation on the task of insulating your unused attic, you can rest easy knowing the proper installation will get you the maximum benefits for years to come, and can even prepare an unused attic to be utilized in the future, without losing any of the benefits of insulation. Plus, you can save on the cost of installation with rebates from the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. 

It all starts with an appointment with one of your sales reps, to get an idea of how your home is currently performing, and which insulation solution will provide the most benefit for your home! It could also eventually lead to the recommendation of an energy audit

Looking to improve your home comfort and efficiency? The insulation in your attic is key! Get in touch with Vermont Foam Insulation to learn more.

Not using your attic?

Put it to work keeping your home comfortable!

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