The combination of holiday expenses and high heating bills during the winter months can really put a strain on the budget! As temperatures continue to drop, savvy homeowners want to look for ways to make their homes more snug and energy-efficient. While there are a variety of simple ways to do this, one of the best methods is installing attic insulation. Just as you wouldn’t go out into freezing winter weather without a coat, your home shouldn’t be left without protection either.
The Importance of Insulation
Despite common misconceptions, attic insulation is vitally important all year-round. A well-insulated home is an energy-efficient home, and the right type of insulation (installed correctly in the proper amounts) will keep your home warm and help bring down those sky-high winter heating bills. Insulation is also important in the summer months for lowering air conditioning bills by keeping warm air from leaking into your home from the hot attic.
How Much is Enough?
There is no set answer to how much insulation you need in your home. Building standards for insulation in Ohio do vary from county to county. Whatever the recommended amount is for your home, it’s important to meet the minimum requirements. The type of insulation used and its thickness are important considerations as well. If you decide that your attic needs more insulation, make sure that it’s properly prepared before blowing any in, which requires sealing attic bypasses, installing or repairing soffit baffles, and damming and insulating the attic access.
Why Installation Is Best Left to a Professional
Installing insulation may seem like an easy DIY job, but it can become overwhelming and confusing if you don’t know what you’re doing. Problems that could occur due to an inexperienced DIY installer include:
- Inadvertently covering soffits, which interferes with proper venting, trapping heat and moisture and potentially causing roofing shingles to deteriorate and mold to grow.
- Not protecting lights adequately, causing them to overheat.
- Accidentally blocking bath vents, trapping in moisture which can weaken insulation and cause mold growth.
- Confusion over the different insulation requirements from county to county.
At Muth & Company Roofing, we can do a comprehensive attic evaluation and inspection of your home, after which we will provide a written form detailing any problems requiring a roof repair and offer helpful solutions. Give us a call today at (614) 682-3060 to schedule your evaluation, and take “insulate” off your to-do list for good!