The attic is usually where you can find some of the largest opportunities to save energy in your home. By adding insulation in your attic, you can maintain the desired temperature throughout your home much better. Combined with attic air sealing, it can also help to alleviate the formation of dangerous ice dams in the winter.
If your home experiences any of these problems, it might be a good candidate for an attic insulation project:
Hot or cold ceilings, walls, or whole rooms; uneven temperature between rooms
High heating or cooling bills
Ice dams in the winter
Quick Check of Insulation Levels
- Looking across your attic, if the insulation is level with or below the attic floor joists, you may need to add more insulation.
- If you cannot see any of the floor joists because the insulation is well above them, you probably have enough, and adding more insulation may not be cost-effective.
- It is important that the insulation be evenly distributed with no low spots; sometimes there is enough insulation in the middle of the attic and very little along the eaves.