How old is your home, and when was the last time you took a good hard look at how energy efficient it is? Many homeowners in the DC Metro, Northern Virginia, and Maryland area assume that part of the trade-off for living in an older home means occasionally putting up with subpar indoor comfort levels and higher than average heating and cooling costs.
Today we’re here to debunk that myth! In fact, no matter what kind of home you live in, investing in home performance upgrades like insulation and air sealing can make a significant difference to your energy efficiency, and one of the most important parts of your home to focus on is your attic.
Signs You Need New Attic Insulation
Maybe you don’t spend much time in your attic, and you often don’t think much about what’s going on up there. But even if your attic isn’t at the forefront of your mind, you might be noticing the effects of poor attic insulation every day and not even realize it! Have you experienced any of the following? If so, you could very well benefit from attic insulation services like insulation removal and replacement, as well as air sealing.
- High energy bills
- Inconsistent temperatures, particularly on the second floor
- Indoor drafts
- Ice dams on your roof
What’s the Best Kind of Attic Insulation?
If you do decide to move forward with these important home improvements, you may be wondering about the different attic insulation types. Is one kind of insulation better than others when it comes to providing your home with protection against the outdoor elements?
While there are a number of different insulation materials, at The Fifth Fuel we prefer two different options for most homeowners’ attics: cellulose and spray foam.
Cellulose insulation is made out of recycled newspaper that’s been treated with flame retardants, making it an environmentally friendly option for homeowners. In attics, cellulose insulation is usually blown in as a thick loose fill layer over your attic floor.
Spray foam insulation has a few qualities that make it a unique insulation material: unlike cellulose or fiberglass, spray foam can be a moisture barrier for your home as well. Spray foam also prevents air movement between the outdoors and your living space, making it an all-in-one material for insulating and air sealing attics.
Make Your Home More Comfortable with The Fifth Fuel
You’d be surprised what a difference upgrading your insulation and air sealing can make in your Arlington or Fairfax home. You can eliminate drafty rooms, improve your overall home comfort, and significantly reduce your heating and cooling costs all year long, making the cost to insulate your attic a smart investment that will continue to pay off for years to come.
Wondering, “How much does it cost to insulate my attic?” Give the home performance team at The Fifth Fuel a call, where we can learn more about your home and discuss the specific spray foam and blown insulation costs for your attic.