Proper insulation can keep your home comfortable throughout the year. Not only can it prevent heat from escaping in the winter, but it will also buffer your home from the intense heat your attic experiences under the summer sun. The question is, how do you know if you have the right amount of insulation? In a previous blog, we discussed signs that your house may be under-insulated, and today, we’ll give you instructions on how to check for yourself.
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What You’ll Need
- Boards to walk on
- A tape measure
- A flashlight or headlamp
- Safety glasses
- A face mask
- A shirt with long sleeves
- Long pants
How to Stay Safe and Healthy
Avoid Skin Contact
Regardless of what kind of insulation you have, you should avoid skin contact. That’s why we recommend long sleeves, pants, and protective gear. Insulation can provoke skin irritation and should not be inhaled.
Watch Your Step
Unfinished attics can be dangerous. Ceiling drywall or insulation will not support your weight, so make sure you walk on joists, truss chords, or the boards we recommended above. You should also be on the lookout for any nails coming through the ceiling.
Do Not Disturb Insulation with Asbestos
This is the most important safety tip we can offer! If your current insulation contains asbestos, DO NOT TOUCH IT. It poses a very real threat to your health, and should be handled by a professional. If you don’t know whether or not your insulation contains asbestos, you can have it lab tested to find out. Contact your local health department for more information.
What to Do
Look for Gaps
In some cases, you’ll be able to see problems with your attic insulation right away. If your insulation levels fall below the joists, for example, then you probably need to add more. You should also check to see if your attic insulation is evenly distributed. Sometimes there is more insulation in the middle attic than the eaves, and there may be gaps around joists. If your insulation is asbestos-free and safe to handle, feel free to redistribute the insulation you have to address these gaps.
Measure Insulation Levels
For a more quantitative way of knowing how well-insulated your attic is – or isn’t – pull out your measuring tape. Measure the depth of your current insulation in inches and then use the following chart to calculate the R-value, which is a gauge of how effective your insulation is. Each region of the U.S. has a recommended R-value, and if your insulation falls short, then it’s time to start thinking about replacing or supplementing it. Check out our previous blog all about R-value to learn more!
|Loose fibers||Lightweight; yellow, pink, or white||Fiberglass||2.5 x depth|
|Dense; gray or near-white, may have black specks||Rock wool||2.8 x depth|
|Small, gray, flat pieces||Cellulose||3.7 x depth|
|Granules||Lightweight||Vermiculite or perlite||2.7 x depth|
|Batts||Lightweight; yellow, pink, or white||Fiberglass||3.2 x depth|
based off of a chart provided by Energy Star
How to Fix It
There are a few steps you should take to ensure your attic is properly insulated. As we mentioned, you can shift your insulation to cover gaps. You should also dispose of any old or damaged insulation. Look for sections that are compressed, moldy, or water-stained. Not only can mold can trigger health problems for you and your family, but compressed or water-logged insulation is simply ineffective. Remember, if your insulation contains asbestos, DO NOT DISTURB IT and call a professional.
Choose KOOLBlanket Attic Insulation
If you discover that your attic is under-insulated, turn to Healthy Home 365 for an eco-friendly, energy efficient solution! Our KOOLBlanket attic insulation works as a great supplement to traditional insulation, and it’s easy to install. With the implementation of NASA technology, it also helps keep your home comfortable while lowering your utility bills and extending the life of your HVAC unit. Call Healthy Home 365 today and ask how you can add KOOLBlanket to your Texas home.