When you think of home renovation projects, it’s normal to imagine a big reveal with your house looking completely different, fresh, new, and modern, but not every home renovation needs to have visual impact. In fact, some of the biggest renovation projects you can undertake are the ones that you won’t even notice when you look around the room. An attic project is one that can fit into this category. Sure your attic may not be useable living space, but it does contribute to the comfort of your home.
Here we’ll take a look at the top three reasons you may want to consider adding more insulation to your attic, as many are lacking in this area.
Keep the Heat in Your Home
If it feels like you are spending a small fortune to heat your home during the cold winter months, there may be relief thanks to the attic. Did you know that roughly 40% of all the heat in your home escapes right through the attic?
So imagine if you could patch up any leaks around wires, pipes, outlets and, of course, add an appropriate amount of insulation. This would instantly cut down on the heat loss, which would, in turn, help your home to feel more comfortable. You may even be able to turn down the thermostat, saving yourself some money.
Maintain the Ideal Moisture Levels
Another thing you may not have considered is the moisture levels in your attic. If cold air is coming in thanks to leaks and improper insulation, then it will mix with the warm air and create moist air. In some cases, it can even create ice damming. Because you don’t want to deal with moisture issues, it’s best to create the ideal environment for ventilation.
There should be a natural flow of outdoor air that will cool down the attic space, and in the summer that hot air needs to be able to move out. The right type and amount of insulation make this possible.
Even Out the Distribution
Then there is the simple fact that adding more insulation may be needed in order to even out the distribution. Sometimes the insulation may be piled high in the middle of the attic, but very little around the perimeters. Then again maybe it’s the joists that just don’t have enough coverage. There should be a level amount of insulation across the entire attic. This is the only way you’ll get the optimal results.
Don’t Just Make the Assumption Your Attic Is Fine
It’s important to note that most people aren’t exactly concerned about insulation in the attic and checking out what they’ve got. While it’s easy to make the assumption that you’re covered and you have an adequate amount, that may not be the case at all.
The only way you can know for sure is to have a general contractor, such as Advantage Construction, come out and take a look. They can not only determine if you have enough but also advise you on what would be needed to upgrade the current levels.
Don’t Overlook Insulation
So while adding insulation to the attic isn’t exactly a glamorous renovation project, it can certainly offer some fabulous results in the comfort level of your home.