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Properly insulating and sealing off your attic will assist in bringing down your energy bills.

Properly insulating and sealing off your attic will assist in bringing down your energy bills. Attics are the best place for a household to insulate in order to immediately add a higher level of comfort to your home while also helping to reduce the energy consumption. Attic insulation helps to keep your home warmer in the wintertime and cooler in the summertime. There are many informative articles on the Internet that provide helpful information on the merits and usage of various types of insulation. Additionally, the internet can serve as a great resource when it comes to the best methods of installing attic insulation.

Irrespective of what sort of insulation you presently have in your attic, one quick way to determine if you require more is to look out over the span of your attic. If your insulation is just level with or beneath your floor joists you should add more. If you cannot see any of the floor joists because the insulation is well above them, you probably have sufficient levels and adding more may not be cost-efficient. It is crucial that the insulation be evenly distributed with no low spots; sometimes there is enough in the midst of the attic and very little along the eaves. If your attic insulation covers up your joists and is blown equally throughout your attic, you in all probability have enough.

Insulation grades are assigned by R-Value. R-Value is a measurement of insulation's ability to resist heat flow. The greater the R-Value, the better the thermal performance of the insulation. The suggested level for most attics is to isolate to R-38 or about 10 to 14 inches, contingent on insulation type.

When adding supplemental material, you do not have to use the equivalent type that presently exists in your attic. You can add loose fill on top of fiberglass batts or blankets, and the other way around. If you use fiberglass over loose fill, make certain the fiberglass batt has no paper or foil backing; it needs to be "unfaced." If you choose to add loose fill insulation, it may be wise to hire a professional person, as the application calls for the utilization of a blowing machine. You can however do it on your own, as some home improvement stores offer rentals of this machine.

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Attic Insulation Tips Properly insulating and sealing off your attic will assist in bringing down your energy bills.