One of the more undervalued findings of a home inspection is insuffienct attic insulation. In fact, rarely does a client inquire about the amount of insulation present in the attic and if that amount is sufficient and in good condition. A home inspection performed by Accurate Home Inspections LLC includes a thorough evaluation of the attic insulation as well as recommendations for increasing the energy efficiency of your home. Having the correct amount of attic insulation can help you maintain a comfortable temperature throughout your home and help save money on your energy bills.
The amount of insulation recommended for your home will vary depending on a number of factors:
Where you live—Different climates require different insulation R-values. You will need a higher R-value of insulation if you live in the Northeast than if you live in Southern California.
Your home’s age—If your home is more than 10 year old, you likely need more insulation. There are many ways to retrofit a home with fiberglass and mineral wool insulation.
Insulation is identified and labeled by R-value. “R” stands for resistance to heat flow. The higher the insulation R-value, the greater the insulating power. You’ll see insulation R-values indicated on product packaging and often on the product itself.
In the State of Minnesota, 16-18 inches of R-49 rated insulation has become the new standard in new construction. If you find that your furnace is constantly running to keep you and your loved ones warm, you may want to start by checking the amount of attic insulation present in your attic before considering other factors including the efficiency of windows, etc.