Attic Insulation Minneapolis | Preparing your home for the winter
If you’re a homeowner that lives in Minnesota than you should already understand the significance of winterizing your home. But some of us don’t fully understand the benefits that come with updating your attic’s insulation and attic ventilation system. This is what we do and these are the three places you should understand when researching new insulation.
Upgrade Your Attic Insulation – Minneapolis
1. Attic Insulation – Do you have enough attic insulation?
Energy companies such as Center Point Energy Rebate and Xcel Energy are asking residential homes to have 17-18 inches (R-value 50) of loose fill insulation in their attics. This amount of insulation has been proven to offer the best results for reducing energy loss. Fiberglass or cellulose insulation both offer great value to properties short on insulation.
We tend to work on older properties that have 5-8 inches of insulation in their attic. This is 10-13 inches less than the recommended value by the state of Minnesota.
Do you qualify for an MN energy rebate? We offer free consultations and can answer your questions about the energy rebate program!
2. Attic Ventilation – Do you have proper ventilation in your attic?
That means – intake and exhaust ports. Your attic’s ventilation is a very important component to mitigating ice dams from forming on your roof and keeping froze from building up on the inside of the roof deck. The net free area should be calculated before roofing and insulation projects to determine what ventilation (intake/exhaust) should be installed. Soffit vents should be unclogged and protected with vent chutes.
Ignoring ventilation in your roof and attic system is a mistake many property owners make and some contractors. Make sure Net Free Area is calculated before installation is completed.
3. Air Tight Sealing – Are your pipes, wires and recessed lights air sealed?
Sealing the bypasses in your attic is important to keeping an air tight home. Older homes tend to allow heat escape through the attic bypasses such as recessed lighting, electrical wires, and pipes that travel through your ceiling. Spray foaming around these bypasses keeps warm air from leaking into your attic.
Our crews are able to pinpoint leaking areas using diagnostic equipment such as blower doors and thermal guns on all of our projects.
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