Your attic can make or break your home comfort here in the Pacific Northwest.
A well-insulated attic adds another layer of protection from our fluctuating outdoor temperatures. It also prevents heat inside your home from escaping.
On the flip side, a poorly insulated attic drives up your energy costs. Heating and cooling account for 50 percent or more of the energy used in the typical American home. The two leading causes of energy waste are air leakage and inadequate insulation.
At HomeRx and Performance Insulation Energy Services, we specialize in insulation services for homes and businesses of all shapes and sizes in Washington and Oregon. We offer practical solutions for retrofit-insulation, along with new home construction.
Why Should I Insulate My Attic?
Most attics are unfinished storage spaces. They’re also the perfect place to start saving money. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates the average homeowner can save up to 11 percent on their total energy costs by air sealing and adding insulation in their attics.
A poorly insulated attic forces your heating and cooling equipment to work that much harder to maintain a set temperature. An overworked HVAC system costs more to run. You’re letting money escape through the cracks, and you’re compromising your equipment’s efficiency.
Well-insulated attic space protects your indoor air quality (IAQ) and your health. It creates a barrier that prevents outdoor pollutants from entering your home—a priority here in the Pacific Northwest. Air sealing covers holes that could allow for moisture buildup and encourage mold growth.
Air Sealing Your Portland Attic
Air seal first, then insulate. The two go hand-in-hand to keep your attic protected from drafts, infestation, and moisture buildup.
Air sealing closes any holes or cracks in your attic. A professional energy audit by our team at HomeRx and Performance Insulation Energy Services will pinpoint any vulnerable spots. From there, we can close them up.
Gaps in your attic do not ventilate your home properly because you have zero control over how much air leaves or enters. Those leaks will drive up your energy bills and compromise your air quality. Air sealing is a wise investment.
Combining air sealing with insulation keeps you comfortable, saves on energy, reduces outside noise, and improves your indoor air quality.
Your primary spots to air seal include:
- Around attics windows
- Around any pipes, exhaust fans, or air ducts
- Around chimneys and flues
What Kind of Attic Insulation Is Best?
Typically, loose-fill or batt insulation is used for attic space. Spray foam is always an excellent option—but also more expensive. cellulose or fiberglass are your most common choices. Remember to look at the R-Value—the higher the value means better insulation.
Work with our professionals to decide how much insulation is needed and which type works best in your home. Remember to do your prep work by air sealing all gaps and holes. Look for discoloration or any signs of a roof leak.
Planning a do-it-yourself (DIY) job? Be sure to wear protective clothing, gloves, and goggles. Here are a few other installation tips:
- Start from the perimeter and work toward the door or hatch. That way, you avoid trampling over the insulation you just installed.
- Always cover the tops of the ceiling joists. Insulate all exterior walls, knee walls, and rafters.
- Be sure to shower after you’re finished for the day to remove fibers from your skin.
Call Your Insulation Experts Today
HomeRx and Performance Insulation Energy Services are leaders in the insulation industry for providing excellent service and products. We work with existing homes and new construction in the Pacific Northwest. Call us today at 503-479-5290 or request service online.