How Old Insulation Impacts Your Home
Published on September 27, 2021
While good-quality attic insulation in Toronto keeps your home well insulated from season to season, old attic insulation can certainly contribute to poor indoor air quality. The fact is, old attic insulation can be contaminated for one reason or another, and it will negatively impact your home's air quality.
You can change all that with two simple remedies. To begin with, a professional attic inspection can determine the quality level of your existing insulation. Once that’s done, it may be an idea to upgrade to blown-in insulation – a high-quality product for the attic that is both fire-resistant and mold-resistant.
Installing Quality Attic Insulation in Toronto
Poor air quality and personal health are undoubtedly good reasons to upgrade attic insulation. In many homes, it’s not uncommon that old insulation has deteriorated to a point where indoor air quality (and indoor comfort) have been compromised. Unfortunately, there are plenty of reasons for deterioration.
Water Damage and Mold Issues
Water and air moisture are enemies of attic insulation. With water damage, your insulation loses its performance capacity almost completely. And while water damage promotes mold growth, so will a high moisture environment. With mold, it’s only a matter of time before your air quality is affected. At EcoComfort we install blown-in insulation equipped with high-quality cellulose designed to combat moisture and mold in your attic.
Residual Asbestos and VOCs
With old insulation, it’s possible that the original installation contained vermiculite and specific amounts of asbestos – both of which should be removed where possible. More than that, when attic insulation deteriorates over time, it can release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that will circulate in the air.
Rodents, Birds, and Insects
Attic insulation is an ideal “home base” for all types of animals and birds. The problem is that these unwanted critters contaminate the insulation material, allowing all kinds of contaminants to circulate in the air through your ductwork. Clearly, removing the contaminated insulation is the logical remedy.
Opting for a Professional Attic Inspection
With old insulation, a professional attic inspection is the best way to assess the overall condition of the material. A good inspection will identify any moisture issues, possible mold growth, and tell-tale signs of deterioration. The benefit of an attic inspection is that problem areas are identified early on to prevent more serious problems from evolving. Without an attic inspection, minor issues could easily become major issues and could require costly remedies.
Attic Upgrades with Blown-In Insulation
At EcoComfort Insulation & Contracting, we often recommend blown-in cellulose when upgrading attic insulation. It’s a high-quality product, a cost-effective installation, and one that delivers many years of performance. When professionally installed, blown-in cellulose provides satisfactory R-Values that improve energy efficiency from season to season. Cellulose is manufactured to be mold resistant and fire-resistant, making it an ideal installation in the attic and roof cavity.
For Quality Attic Insulation in Toronto Choose EcoComfort Insulation & Contracting
Homeowners considering upgrades to their old attic insulation can rely on the experts at EcoComfort for a complete service package. We inspect your attic for performance issues and install high-quality blown-in cellulose that's Canadian-made. We aim to provide 100% customer satisfaction every time.