The main reason for increasing home energy efficiency is to diminish energy consumption when heating and cooling the home. The idea is to diminish the dependence on heating oil, natural gas, and electricity. The bottom line, of course, is to significantly reduce annual energy costs.
Attic insulation is probably the best way to increase home energy efficiency. That’s because most of the “conditioned air” in a home (summer/winter) escapes through the attic. Homeowners who plan to upgrade their attic insulation in Mississauga, Toronto and the GTA, will realize the benefits immediately.
While boosting attic insulation will deliver significant benefits, there are other variables that are important to consider, including attic ventilation and air sealing. The fact is ventilation, sealing, and insulation work as a system, contributing together to enhanced energy efficiency.
For homeowners installing attic insulation in Toronto, Mississauga and the GTA, step one is to ensure that there’s sufficient material installed. This is particularly critical in older homes where insulation is lacking or may have settled over time. A professional attic inspection can quickly determine the status.
Regardless of the product installed, attic insulation has an “advertised” R-Value. Simply put, the higher the R-Value rating, the better the thermal protection. A professional installer can help to determine how much insulation is required based on a number of established variables.
When attic insulation is insufficient, there are some telltale signs for homeowners. Some rooms may be warmer or cooler than others. Winter and summer energy bills might be higher than the average. And finally, the HVAC system (heating and cooling) may be working overtime.
Air sealing is often underestimated in the attic – but it’s actually vital for enhancing insulation performance. Proper air sealing improves energy efficiency while improving air quality. Here again, a professional inspection will pinpoint areas of air leakage and resolve the issue.
When installing attic insulation, homeowners should not overlook the entryway to the attic. Whatever the physical structure, this opening is quite often poorly sealed and poorly insulated. A professional installer will certainly recommend the most effective approach.
While attic ventilation might seem counterintuitive, it’s essential in preventing moisture collection and can be critical in preventing mildew and mold. Attic ventilation is also important in allowing fresh air to flow in the home. In short, insulation, sealing, and ventilation work together.
In a home where ductwork exists throughout the attic, the system must be insulated. This will prevent winter heating and summer cooling from escaping unnecessarily. Insulating the ductwork may require a unique approach that is easily achieved by an experienced installer.
Four Seasons Insulation offers customers a full-service approach. Our installers are trained and experienced, installing top quality products with a focus on quality workmanship.
Find out more about home insulation in Mississauga by calling one of our in-house experts at 416-727-4181 or visiting the company website at www.4seasonsinsulation.ca.
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