While we’re big advocates of replacing your windows to stay warm in the winter, there is another upgrade that can make a big difference with indoor comfort: attic insulation.

If it’s been a while since you’ve thought about attic insulation or you’re looking on ways to save energy, this guide will help you understand insulation and why it matters for the home:

Why do You Need Attic Insulation?

Attic insulation might not be a luxurious home upgrade or anything pretty to look at, but it’s critical to your home’s overall performance.

Common Air Leaks Diagram

As you can see from this graphic by Energy Star, there are a lot of areas in your home where energy can escape. However, a staggering amount escapes through your ceiling and roof—which can be up to 30%.

Attic insulation helps create a barrier to keep warm air inside your home during the winter, leaving you a lot warmer and with more money in your wallet.

Types of Attic Insulation

There are several times of attic insulation available, although your mileage may vary in terms of energy savings and performance.

Batts and Blankets: This is your traditional insulation that is convenient and cost effective. It’s also quite easy to install, although it needs to be cut to fit around pipes and outlets. You also need to be careful in how you lay the insulation, since it can lose a lot of its effectiveness if done improperly.

Loose-fill Insulation:

Loose-fill insulation is fluffy and blown into attics and walls with a machine. This is especially effective when it comes to filling up small crannies that are difficult to reach with blanket insulation.

There are several options for loose-fill insulation, including fiberglass and cellulose. The R-Values range from 2.2-3.8 per square inch.

Spray Foam Insulation:

Spray foam insulation is pricier than blankets and loose-fill insulation, but its performance is undeniable. It has a very high R-Value between 3.5-6.5 per square inch, which is nearly double other options on the market.

Two of the most energy efficient spray foam options include open-cell polyurethane spray foam and closed-cell polyurethane spray foam. Open-cell stops the movement of air, while closed cell stops the movement of both air and moisture.

If you want this type of insulation in your home, you’ll need a professional with blowing agents to install the foam for you. This gives you the highest R-rating possible and the ability to maximize energy savings season after season.

Choose Universal Windows Direct for Quality Attic Insulation

Universal Windows Direct of Chicago offers homeowners quality spray home options for optimal energy savings. To learn more about our process and pricing, get in touch with us today for a quote.