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Everything You Need to Know About Attic Insulation Replacement

By Chuck Henrichsen on April 25, 2017

Did you know that your attic insulation performs some very important functions for your home? Attic insulation may be one of the most overlooked components of your home since you don’t see it every day. You probably never think about it and haven't really considered just how critical attic insulation is to your health and home energy usage. Many homeowners have damaged or insufficient attic insulation without ever understanding the damage this can cause, or recognizing the damage which already exists.

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If you think your home might be in need of attic insulation replacement or are curious about how to spot insulation damage, read on to learn more.

 

What Does Attic Insulation Do?

For starters, it’s crucial to understand what attic insulation does for your home and your family. With its position at the top of your house, attic insulation acts as your protection against the outside - maintaining heat or cold in your home while keeping unwanted toxins or other environmental discomforts away from your family.

As insulation ages or is impacted by other factors, it can harbor allergens, toxins, and mold. Going unaddressed, these have the potential to make your family sick, while also targeting the structural integrity of your house. Monitoring your attic insulation can have dramatic effects in lowering energy costs and improving your family's health.

 

Energy Impacts

During the colder months, attic insulation works powerfully to regulate the temperature in your home, keeping the cold out and the heat in. And when summer rolls around, your barrier of insulation protects you from the heat by keeping your house cool. When attic insulation is in need of being replaced or repaired, you could feel the consequences in a house that has fluctuating and irregular temperatures, as well as a stark increase in your home's energy bill. Old or damaged insulation can contribute significantly to your home’s overall energy efficiency, and you may not even know it.

 

The Aging Attic

As homes age, it’s not uncommon for attic insulation problems to come to light. Often, homeowners are unaware of the age of their attic insulation until they go up into the attic for the occasional spring cleaning. Other factors that can impact its longevity include things like poor ventilation and the improper installation of attic fans.

If you’re unsure of your attic insulation situation, it is in the interest of your home and family to take a look around and see whether there are any problems. Examine if the insulation appears to be damaged or aging in some places. If you have lived in your home for a few decades and haven’t touched your insulation during the entire time, you are almost certainly going to need replacement attic insulation. If you are unable to determine the quality of your insulation, or would just rather not go into the attic, call Clean Crawls and schedule an evaluation today.

 

Damaged Insulation

As mentioned before, older homes often have damaged insulation of some type. You could have old, deteriorating blown insulation, or you might have a more serious problem, like fallen insulation along part or all of the attic’s outer walls. Assessing the amount of damage to insulation is the first step to replacing insulation in your attic.

 

Pest Problems

While many insulation damage issues may stem from a simple matter of age and decades of temperature extremes, there is, unfortunately, a rather high likelihood that pests have made themselves at home in your attic insulation. Whether an infestation is current or old, removing the damaged insulation is absolutely critical.

How do we know that pests are attracted to your attic insulation? The attic provides a nice, comfortable environment for everything from bugs to small critters and bats. These animals get to have safety, warmth, and security without much disruption. It's all thanks to your attic! If you don’t use your attic frequently and have any weak points exposed to the outside, chances are you’re going to need attic insulation removal and replacement to recover from a pest problem.

If you hear scratching noises or unexplained movement from your attic, contact us today to determine whether your home attic has any unwelcome visitors from the outside world.

 

Energy Inefficiencies

Your attic insulation regulates a large part of your home’s internal temperature by providing an essential barrier to the elements and temperature fluctuations throughout the year.  When you have worn-out or damaged attic insulation, it leaves your home wide open to large energy bills.

One of the first signs that attic insulation is not protecting your home properly is the appearance of drafts. You might notice a draft of warm or cold air in your upstairs rooms or rooms that surround the attic. The second place where you’ll notice the breaking down of insulation is in your utility bills. If you encounter higher-than-average energy bills, you can almost bet that it’s something to do with your attic insulation.

 

Solving the Insulation Problem

Thankfully, attic insulation replacement is a simple and quick fix for your problems. We can solve the energy, pest, or other insulation issues that plague your home, so get in touch with us if you feel that your home may have any attic insulation problems. Learn more about getting a professional opinion and developing a plan for replacing your worn out attic insulation.

 

Attic Insulation Installation

We can tear out moldy insulation and rid your attic of old problems in a day. Furthermore, we will secure your attic and take steps to protect it against mold and pests. Additionally, there are many modern options to choose from when it comes to attic insulation replacement. If it’s been a while since you updated your attic insulation, you may have some new options. These choices may be a better fit for your unique home than what you had previously. From foam insulation to spray insulation, and everything in between, we can meet your attic insulation replacement needs.

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Chuck Henrichsen

President and CEO of Clean Crawls, Treasurer of E3 World Wide, proud husband and father.

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