How to Make Your Attic More Energy-Efficient
Posted in Attic Insulation, on July 13, 2020
In most homes, the attic is typically out of sight – which means that homeowners pay very little attention to a very important part of the home. The fact is, attics are a major source of “heat loss” in any home, and that translates into wasted energy and wasted dollars.
In the attic, poor energy efficiency is a result of poorly performing insulation. The reasons are varied – the attic may be improperly insulated – there may be pockets of air leakage – or there may simply be areas where the insulation materials have deteriorated.
Tips for Improving Energy Efficiency
Improved energy efficiency in the attic will make a home more comfortable while saving money on heating and cooling costs. With so many Canadian homes being under-insulated, there are a number of upgrades that will enhance overall energy efficiency and provide immediate results.
Energy-efficient Attic Ventilation
Attic ventilation allows necessary airflow throughout the attic. Proper ventilation is important in summer and winter alike, mainly because of the dynamics of air movement. Good ventilation will also allow the HVAC system to work more efficiently, thus consuming less energy every season.
Air Barriers/Moisture Barriers
Air barriers and moisture barriers in the attic and roof cavity are designed to better manage the airflow and moisture accumulation. These barriers are critical in winter and summer because of the inherent temperature extremes. Without them, even the best insulation will not perform.
Minimizing Air Leaks in the Attic
Throughout the attic, there are gaps, holes, and cracks that allow for undesirable air leakage. These “weak points” allow warm indoor air to escape in winter and allow warm outdoor air to infiltrate in summer. This causes the HVAC system to work harder and consume more energy.
Upgrading to Quality Insulation
High-quality insulation acts as a thermal barrier to prevent both heat loss and heat gain. When professionally installed, homeowners can easily save 20% on annual heating and cooling costs. In short, attic insulation is one of the most effective upgrades to improve home energy efficiency.
The Best Way to Insulate Your Attic
Blown-in cellulose has become a very popular product for insulating the attic and roof cavity. The product has satisfactory thermal performance and compares well with other insulation materials. Professionally installed, cellulose insulation will also dampen noise, retard fire, and resist mold.
At Four Seasons Insulation, blown-in cellulose is the product-of-choice for the attic. Along with air sealing and ventilation, cellulose insulation enhances energy efficiency, improves seasonal comfort, and reduces energy consumption. The dollar savings continue season after season.
For Quality Attic Insulation in Toronto and The GTA Count on Four Seasons Insulation
Homeowners shopping for attic insulation in Mississauga and throughout the GTA can count on the professionals at Four Seasons Insulation for a comprehensive approach to attic insulation.
When it comes to residential or commercial insulation, we do it all from end to end. We install high-quality products and our installers are highly experienced in every aspect of insulation.
Find out more about our services by calling 416-727-4181 or contact us online (fill out our online request form for a FREE home attic inspection).