Attic Insulation in Alexandria
Insulation Replacement, Installation & Upgrades by Atlas Cooling, LLC
The sun shines heat down on your roof all day long. Shady trees are an effective way to block that heat, but heavy branches can snap during a storm and overhanging limbs provide a safe route to your house for pests. It's far easier to prevent that heat from entering your home by properly insulating your attic. Our Alexandria insulation technicians at Atlas Cooling, LLC can help!
Attic insulation works by blocking the movement of heat. During the summer it prevents heat from the sun, the outside air, and the heat in your attic from entering your home. In the winter, it works in reverse by preventing the heat in your home from escaping through the attic and into the colder outdoors.
Improved insulation is a passive, but effective method of reducing energy consumption and increasing comfort throughout the year. With less demand on your heating and cooling systems, you will save money on energy expenses and extend the useful life of your HVAC units. Attic insulation is the most cost effective method of creating a comfortable and energy-efficient home.
Signs of Poor Insulation:
Signs that your home may be poorly insulated include:
- High utility bills
- Exposed ductwork in attic
- Rooms underneath the attic are uncomfortable in summer and winter
- Drafts in the winter
- Joists on the attic floor can be seen through the insulation
- The attic floor has less than 10 inches of insulation
- The heating / cooling unit is constantly running to keep the house at a comfortable temperature
How Much Insulation Do I Need?
Take a look at your attic. If you can see the joists along the floor-your top floor's ceiling-then it's likely you do not have sufficient insulation. You can tell if you need more insulation by measuring the thickness of your insulation material with a ruler or yardstick. If you have less than 11 inches of fiberglass or rock wool insulation or less than 8 inches of cellulose insulation, you should add more. If your attic insulation is less than 10 inches thick, adding high R-value insulation either by spraying loose foam or by adding fiberglass batts between the joists will bring your attic insulation up to energy-efficient levels.
Insulation levels are marked by a system called the R-Value. It measures the insulation's ability to keep heat from permeating through it. The higher the R-Value, the better the thermal performance of the insulation. The levels of insulation that are cost-effective for wood-framed homes in Louisiana range from R-30 to R-60 (uninsulated) or less with existing insulation.
You may also benefit from adding insulation to your basement, crawlspaces, and walls. Consult a professional contractor to determine where your biggest energy leaks are and the best plan of action for your home. Our HVAC repair and installation experts in Alexandria will be happy to help.
Benefits of Proper Attic Insulation
Adding or upgrading insulation can help you cut heating and cooling costs by as much as 40%. Other benefits of proper attic insulation include:
- Stable room temperatures throughout the home
- Increased comfort
- Improved air quality
- Less stress on HVAC systems
How Does Attic Insulation Work?
Insulation works by using a non-conductive, porous material. Tiny pockets of air exist throughout the material, which help to trap and balance heat. The air pockets limit heat exchange, creating a barrier that regulates temperature. Over time, gravity can cause your insulation to compress, limiting the effectiveness of the insulation by filling these air pockets. This is why, if you can see the ceiling joists rising high above your insulation, you likely are not well insulated enough. Adding additional insulation will suffice.
For some homes, simply meeting the joists is not enough. Adding a second layer of insulation perpendicular to the joists will add the proper amount of insulation to your attic. If you're unsure if your attic is properly insulated, a professional heating and cooling technician from Atlas Cooling can inspect your attic and advise you on whether to add insulation, or look for a different solution.
Call for an Inspection & A Free, No-Obligation Quote!
If you need new insulation for your attic, or you simply want an inspection to make sure that your attic is well insulated, call Atlas Cooling at (318) 933-3888. We'll inspect your attic and offer a free, no obligation quote on a blown insulation package. Learn more about our services and guarantees when you contact us today!