MN Attic Insulation

Attic Insulation MN | Owens Corning Roofing Preferred Contractor

Air leaks in your home can be sneaky little things. Much of the trouble is that they’re often hidden from view. They don’t necessarily wave a red flag as they let air escape from your home. They’re very, very sneaky that way! Air leaks can be found in places like windows, doors, electrical outlets and ceiling fixtures, just to name a few.

Many homeowners would probably like to think that their homes are sealed air tight, but the leaks are there.  Maybe not overtly obvious gaps, but still you notice drafts or cold spots in various places during the cold winter months. The problem is those sneaky hidden air leaks, and those are the ones that are costing you money!  In fact, if you added up all the leaks, holes and gaps in a typical home’s envelope, it would be the equivalent of having a window open every day of the year! Yikes!

Although some of the most noticeable air leaks in your home can be found in your living spaces, some of the most costly leaks come from somewhere that you probably spend very little time… Your attic, especially in older homes! In fact, attics in the majority of homes built before 1990 are insulated to the lower standards of that time. Unless you’ve added to the original level of insulation, most likely your home is under insulated by today’s standards.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy (USDE), the attic is where most of your home’s heat escapes to because heat rises, and most homes don’t have enough insulation up there to keep it from getting out. So, poof… out it floats! That is air you have paid to heat! Let’s face it, nobody likes paying energy bills; especially during the wintertime.

Where are the big air leaks in my attic?

Typically, the biggest attic leaks are found where the walls meet the attic floor, above drop ceilings and overhangs, and behind attic walls. Look for dirty or discolored insulation to find the leaks – this indicates that air is moving through the insulation material. There are lots of other “holes” in the attic ceiling that should also be sealed, such as: recessed “can” lights, plumbing stacks, electrical wires, attic hatches or doors, around chimneys or flues, and duct chases. Visit ENERGY STAR Home Sealing for more information.

Start With An Energy Audit

Home Energy Audit - There are many areas in a house that are susceptible to heat loss and air infiltration (air leaks).

Knowing where your home stands when it comes to energy efficiency and getting specifics on which area of your house and property needs concentration can not only save you money, it can help to keep your home warm and comfortable all year round.  An energy audit conducted by a professional would serve as a great start to assessing what areas need some help. In some cases, you can ask your energy provider for a free inspection. If not, then calling on a qualified contractor to do the energy audit would surely prove to be worth the investment.

Maximize Heating and Cooling

About 50 to 70% of the energy consumption of an average American home is accounted to heating and cooling. And fact is, the entire amount reflected into your energy bill is not what you have entirely used as a good fraction of this goes to waste. Without you knowing, leaks are lurking at places they shouldn’t be and silently wasting precious resources that are not only costing you financially but is also preying on indoor comfort and affecting the quality of living you afford your family.

To deal with this and maximize heating and cooling, adding adequate insulation and air sealing are 2 of the most cost-effective home improvements that you can make.  And, the cherry on top is that there are still Federal Tax Credits available for Consumer Energy Efficiency!!!

Seal It All Up

A tightly sealed home ensures that what is needed inside is kept inside and what is not, outside.  Plugging every possible source of air leak will maximize the heating and cooling effort of your HVAC system. When essential elements escape while the outdoor air seeps into the house through holes and gaps, your HVAC system is unnecessarily overworked thus energy costs shoot up. There are several areas that leaks are more common especially around the gaps of your windows and doors, attic, basement and more. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency roughly estimates that a fifth of the hot or cold air that ducts carry to various parts of your home does not end up where they should be due to leaks along the way. To get rid of the headache, fill these up with sealants.

Attic Insulation

Money Isn't All You're Saving!

A well insulated home is not only an energy efficient home but one that is comfortable all year-round.  Before getting on with the work, consider having a qualified contractor do the job for you for an efficient and fast turnaround. An evaluation will be done first to know whether the insulation in your exterior and basement walls, attic, floors, ceilings, and crawl spaces meet the DOE recommended R-value for your area. Then you and your hired contractor can discuss the methods and materials suitable to use for your budget and home.

Energy Efficient Products

There are a lot of products that you can replace and add in your green home improvements to achieve better energy efficiency such as replacement widows, insulated siding  HVAC systems, lighting, programmable thermostat, water heater and a whole lot more. Other than the long-term savings on your energy bills, certain products can also qualify you for federal tax credits. So be on the lookout for the Energy Star label.

Owens Corning Expanding Blown-In Fiberglass Attic Insulation

Is your home ready for winter?

Adding Owens Corning Expanding Blown-In Fiberglass Insulation to your attic guarantees a warmer house and lower fuel bills. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, raising the R-Value of your attic insulation from R-19 to R-60 will save 20% on your summer cooling and winter heating costs. Adding insulation to your attic is one of the best energy-saving upgrades you can make to your home. Plus, it’s a home improvement that pays for itself.

Owens Corning Roofing Preferred Contractor

Look for an Owens Corning Roofing Preferred Contractor in your area. They have been specifically trained on how roofing, ventilation, and attic insulation all work together to improve your homes comfort, energy efficiency and prolongs the life of your roof.

Owens Corning Preferred Roofing Contractors are part of a chosen network of roofing professionals selected specifically for their commitment to service, reliability and unparalleled craftsmanship. They meet high standards and satisfy strict requirements – all to give you the peace of mind that you’ve chosen the right contractor for the job.

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