Today’s tough economic times have send homeowners scrambling for ways to cut their expenses, including their home energy costs. But one of the best and easiest ways to cut energy costs may be over your head, literally. Efficient attic insulation can be an effective way to reduce the amount of energy your home consumes and a simple phone call to a Virginia contractor can make it possible.
In many homes, the attic is a seldom-used space that often is left unfinished. Since it’s often used primarily for storage, it’s rarely thought of as an area that needs the same attention as the rest of the house when it comes to cutting energy costs. But according to the experts, up to 50 percent of a home’s heating energy is lost through an un-insulated attic (since heat rises). This can reduce the energy efficiency of a home by more than 40 percent.
Insulating an attic can greatly reduce those energy costs and is an affordable home remodeling option. While insulation materials can often be purchased for less than $100, they can cut energy bills by 30 percent or more, representing a substantial savings. There are several different types of attic insulation available, each with there own benefits. Here are some of the most common:
Blanket insulation are rolls of material composed of either fiberglass, rock wool or mineral fibers that are inserted into the spaces between floor joists or wall stud, hand cut then stapled into place by house renovation professionals. Blanket insulation can be left exposed or covered.
Foam insulation is a polyurethane material that is sprayed into place by a home repair, remodeling or renovation professional. The foam comes in two form: closed cell and open cell. While open cell foam permits water vapor to flow through more easily than closed cell foam, open cell foam is slightly less insulating than closed cell foam.
Blown-in insulation, as the name implies, is fiberglass, rock wool or cellulose insulation that is broken down into individual loose fibers or pellets and blown into the space by special equipment used by a Virginia contractor. It is ideal for insulating irregular areas.
A professional Virginia contractor can show you these and other types of attic insulation that can help you save money and keep your energy costs from going through the roof.