Save Money by Increasing Attic Insulation in the Wasatch Front region
Having the right amount of insulation in your attic can make your the Wasatch Front region home more comfortable all year long. Better energy efficiency could also help you save money on energy costs.
Do you have the correct amount of insulation? Probably not. A recent study by the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association determined 90 percent of homes in the U.S. lack enough insulation. If every home in the country was properly insulated to modern building code, the Boston University School of Public Health discovered it would cut 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 find out if you have enough in your attic. If it’s lower than 7” deep, your home is underinsulated. In the Wasatch Front region, 16-18” deep is recommended.
Additionally, if your home is more than 10 years old, you’ll likely need more insulation.
Strengthening your insulation levels could positively affect your energy bills, saving you up to 20 percent.** It can provide a vapor barrier against humidity, stop air leaks and may limit wear and tear on your HVAC system.
Types of Attic Insulation
There are three varieties of attic insulation—spray foam, loose fill and batt.
Spray foam insulation mixes liquids that change into a foam on contact. Closed- or open-cell applications can be used in attics.
Closed-cell foam supplies the most insulation. It also offers a broad barrier against air, vapor and water.
Open-cell foam widens when applied, filling cracks and other spaces that are hard to get to. It’s best for stopping air but isn’t 100 percent waterproof.
Both types of spray foam insulation may even help block noise.
Loose Fill and Batt Insulation
Loose fill insulation is blown in through special machinery, while batt insulation is rolls that can be trimmed to fit. Insulating material can involve fiberglass, cellulose, mineral wool and cotton.
Insulation is ranked for its resistance to heat flow. This is also called the R-value. Different levels are recommended based on where you live.
Barlow Service Experts can help you determine what variety of insulation is best for the climate in the Wasatch Front region and your home’s needs. Our insulation installers provide a full range of outstanding 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.