If you are looking to stay nice and warm in your home, you should be vigilant about your attic insulation. Insulation will reduce unwanted heat loss in the winter and makes it easier for your AC to cool your home in the summer. Here’s a look at some of the most common attic insulation materials.

Understanding R-Values

The R-value determines how good an attic insulation material is. The higher the R-value, the more effective the insulating material.

The average R-value in the attic should range between R-30 and R-49. If you want to maximize your insulation, you may boost your house up to R-60. You can achieve this by fitting several layers of insulating material.

The Best Type of Attic Insulation

Although more expensive, spray foam insulation is one of the best attic insulation solutions we offer. It has an R-value of 6.5 per inch for closed cell and 3.5 for the open cell. The important thing to know about using spray foam is that it must be installed by a professional to eliminate the toxic off-gassing.

The second-best attic insulating is cellulose. It has an R-value of 3.5 per inches. The best part is, even though cellulose is dense, it still allows for proper air circulation in your house.

Blanket insulation is best for attics with standard spaced beams with few obstructions. It has an R-value of between 3.1 to 3.8 per inch. Blanket insulation is available in mineral wool, natural fibers, fiberglass and plastic.

If your attic has multiple obstructions, loose-fill insulation is the best insulation with an R-value of 2.5 per inch. The cons of using loose-fill insulation are that it is very itchy on your hands and can irritate your lungs, so proper clothing is essential for installation.

Why Is Proper Insulation Important?

A well-insulated house is an energy-efficient home. Professional insulation keeps your indoor temperature just how you want it. Insulation also ensures your air conditioner or heater isn’t working overtime, saving you money.

We take pride in providing top-notch HVAV services for all commercial and residential needs. Contact Total Comfort Heating and Air today for indoor air quality services and for your Birmingham air conditioning and heating repair experts.

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