Save Money by Increasing Attic Insulation in Boise
Having the proper amount of insulation in your attic can make your Boise home more comfortable throughout the year. Higher energy efficiency could also help you save money on heating and cooling expenses.
Do you have the proper amount of insulation? Probably not. A recent study by the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association determined 90 percent of homes in the U.S. are underinsulated. If every home in the country was appropriately 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 assess existing insulation to determine if you have enough in your attic. If it’s shallower than 7” deep, your home is underinsulated. In Boise, 16-18” deep is recommended.
Additionally, if your home is more than 10 years old, you’ll likely need deeper insulation.
Enhancing your insulation levels could positively change your energy bills, saving you up to 20 percent.** It can be a vapor barrier against humidity, stop air leaks and may lessen wear and tear on your HVAC system.
Types of Attic Insulation
There are three types of attic insulation—spray foam, loose fill and batt.
Spray foam insulation combines liquids that turn into a foam on contact. Closed- or open-cell applications can be used in attics.
Closed-cell foam provides the most insulation. It also offers an extensive barrier against air, vapor and water.
Open-cell foam spreads when applied, plugging cracks and other hard-to-reach spaces. It’s best for obstructing air but isn’t 100 percent waterproof.
Both types of spray foam insulation may even help absorb noise.
Loose Fill and Batt Insulation
Loose fill insulation is blown in with 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 ranked for its resistance to heat flow. This is also called the R-value. Particular levels are recommended based on where you live.
TML Service Experts can help you determine what kind of insulation is best for the climate in Boise and your home’s needs. Our insulation installers deliver a full range of quality 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.