May
01

As a big source of energy loss in many homes, the attic is one of the first places homeowners start when they need to install more insulation. Do you think you may need more insulation in your attic?

If you live in Upstate New York and need to insulate your attic, MIG Building Systems can help. Contact us today or keep reading to learn more about adding more attic insulation.

Attic Insulation

Talking to insulation professionals is the best way to go about installing more attic insulation—but according to ENERGY STAR online, “one quick way to determine if you need more is to look across the span of your attic. If your insulation is just level with or below your floor joists (i.e., you can easily see your joists), you should add more.”

Keep in mind that even if your joists are not visible and you think you may have enough attic insulation, there could be hidden air leaks that are reducing the insulation’s performance. Too many air leaks can actually render insulation essentially useless.

Other signs that indicate you may need more attic insulation include:

 

  • Your energy bills are higher than usual.
  • The second floor of your home is uncomfortably hot, particularly in the summer.
  • The air conditioner is running more than normal in the summer.

 

Recommended Insulation Levels & Other Tips

In the Upstate New York region, the recommended insulation R-value for an attic that isn’t insulated is between R49 and R60. Learn more»

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, adding insulation to the attic, including the attic trap or access door, is a cost-effective way to make your home more comfortable all year long. Also, if your attic has the right amount of insulation and sealing, yet your home still feels drafty and uncomfortable (too cold in the winter and too warm in the summer), you may need to add more insulation to the exterior walls. Learn more»

If you live in Rochester, Syracuse or a surrounding area in New York, MIG Building Systems can help. Contact us to learn more about our home insulation services!