The Best R-Value Insulation for Your Attic
With below zero wind-chills and snow already on ground, you don’t have to be a member of House Stark from HBO’s “Game of Thrones” to know that “Winter is Coming”. If you’ve lived in Wisconsin for any length of time, you know that winter usually gets a lot worse before it gets better.
For many of us, this means staying in and staying warm. But without proper attic insulation, your heating bill can go through the roof just as quickly as the heat inside your home escapes through it. With the right attic insulation, you can prevent your home from losing heat and keep moisture and mold out of your attic. It’ll also make your home a cozier place to be these frigid winter months.
So how do you know what type attic insulation is the “right” one for your home?
All attic insulation is assigned what’s called an R-value. R-Values rate the insulation material’s resistance to heat flow depending the insulation material’s density, thickness and type. The higher the R-Value, the more effective the insulation material is.
In our region, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends using attic insulation with a rating between R49 and R60. For most homes in our area, R49 rated insulation is enough to keep homes in the southeastern Wisconsin area properly insulated, as it’s 16.5″ thick. We also recommend installing insulation around the attic hatch if your home has one, as this further prevents any heat loss from occurring.
To learn more about the importance of proper attic insulation, check out our other blog posts.
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