Though we aren’t thinking much about the cold weather now, studies have shown that homes can lose up to 45 percent of their heat in the winter through the ceiling. So, all winter long while you’re cranking up the thermostat to warm you up, the reason you’re so chilly is most likely unreliable attic insulation. Additionally, an uninsulated ceiling provides very little protection during these hot summer months. Just like the warm air is escaping, so is the cold air you’re hoping will cool you and your home down.
Not only does a properly insulated ceiling make your home more comfortable – warm in the winter, cooler in the summer – it also helps reduce energy costs. Utilizing less energy means saving you more money!
If you’re considering making changes to your homes’ ceiling insulation, you should know there are two main types to choose from; batt and loose-fill insulation. Batt insulation is typically purchased in pre-cut rolls or strips of fiberglass, cellulose, or rock wool, and is the easiest type of insulation to install. Loose-fill insulation is poured or blown into place with professional equipment and is ideal for small areas where installing batt insulation is not feasible.
When deciding which type of insulation is best, you may want to consider that batt insulation can be installed by a DIYer, while loose-fill requires a professional installer. Whatever you decide, your family heating and cooling system will run more efficiently thanks to properly insulated ceilings!