The insulation in your attic and crawl spaces needs to be in good shape in order for you to have a healthy, cost-effective home. Functional insulation helps create and maintain a low-toxin living environment with good air-quality. Additionally, properly installed insulation may lower your utility costs by reducing the amount of energy used to heat and cool the inside of your house.
Having old insulation in your attic and crawl space can pose a major threat to your home. It’s important to inspect your insulation, and if need be, replace it with new, high R-value insulation. Installing new insulation has many benefits, such as:
New insulation in your crawl space and attic can help regulate the temperature of your house by preventing heat transfer through ceilings, walls, and floors. In some cases, some rooms have better insulation than others, which causes a huge difference when compared to rooms with poor insulation. If you notice you have cold walls, cold floors, or excessive heat in your attic and upstairs areas, it may be a sign that your house has trouble regulating temperature.
If your house is not regulating temperature properly, your heating and cooling units will work overtime in order to compensate for the heat transfer. This means higher energy consumption, resulting in huge utility bills. New insulation around your house will help regulate temperature and cut down your energy costs.
Small cracks and holes in your crawl space and attic allow moisture to seep through into the structure of your house. This creates dark, moist environments which encourages mold and mildew growth. Wall cavities, crawl spaces and attics are often coated with mold and mildew colonies, decreasing air quality and endangering the structural integrity of your house. Choosing the right insulation and air-sealing your attic and crawl space can prevent moisture build up, keeping your house mold and toxin-free.
Old, damaged insulation is often the reason behind high utility bills. Having new, properly installed insulation may lower your energy costs anywhere between 30% and 80%, depending on the state of your old insulation. Homeowners that choose to invest in new insulation are pleased to see a considerable decrease in their utility bills. Attic and crawl space insulation allow homes to become more energy efficient, and it often pays for itself within a few months.
There are many insulation options on the market, but spray foam insulation is by far the most effective one out there. Spray foam insulation is created when two composite materials, with different physical attributes, react together to create a dense, expanding foam. This dense foam covers the surface of your attic and crawl space, insulating them without leaving leftover material. Spray foam insulation has many advantages, for instance:
Spray foam insulation offers one of the highest R-value ratings when compared to any other type of insulation. The expansive foam seals all cracks, holes, gaps, and hard-to-reach places in your attic and crawl space. This prevents any moisture or air-transfer in your crawl space or attic.
Traditional insulation materials are not water resistant. Unlike fiberglass and cellulose, spray foam insulation is completely waterproof, sealing and protecting your crawl space and attic from moisture. The unique attributes of spray foam insulation prevent mold, mildew, and any other type of unwanted growth in your attic and crawl space.
The hard exterior of spray foam insulation does not leave any excess materials, when applied correctly. Close-cell foam insulation deters rodents and other pests from infesting your house because it does not create good conditions for them to thrive.
If you want to learn more about crawl space and attic insulation, and which is best for you, download our free eBook guide “The Homeowners Insulation Handbook” to learn more.
Knowing if your insulation needs replacement can be tricky, so contact Clean Crawls today. Our team of insulation experts will be more than glad to inspect your crawl space and provide advice about new insulation. They’ll help you determine which type of insulation would benefit you most, and they’ll provide a comprehensive quote for our professional services.
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