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Signs Your Attic Insulation Needs Upgrading

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If you’ve purchased a previously occupied home in Trussville, AL, it’s likely that you’ll need to do some upgrades of your own. While your first thought may be to upgrade your kitchen appliances, that may not be the best option. Rather, if you’re experiencing any of the issues below, you should consider upgrading your attic insulation first.

Your Existing Attic Insulation R-Value Is Too Low

The U.S. Department of Energy recommends an insulation rating between R30 and R60 for your Alabama home. Head up to your attic and check the R-value of the existing insulation. If it’s below the recommended level, you’ll need to install more insulation.

Crumbling Attic Insulation

While insulation can last up to 80 years, less than perfect conditions in your home can prematurely age it. If you’ve noticed that your insulation seems to be crumbling whenever you touch it, it’s time to replace it.

Water Leaks

The insulation in your attic acts as a barrier to keep moisture out of the rooms in your home, in addition to the roof. When you have inadequate insulation, it can allow water to penetrate your ceilings and create watermarks. This can be a very costly problem if not fixed immediately, as water damage can lead to dangerous biological growth.

Cold Rooms

A key indicator that you have inadequate insulation in specific areas of your home is that some rooms are colder than others. Assuming that your heating system has adequate airflow, a lack of insulation in exterior walls can allow the cold air to seep in.

Call our team at Total Comfort Heating & Air to get the attic insulation you need. You’ll love how much money you save on your winter heating bills.

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