How to Extend the Lifespan of Your Attic Insulation
Published on August 25, 2021
Attic insulation, regardless of the product, has a “best-before” date. In other words, the insulation material will eventually lose its performance capacity. And while the lifespan of attic insulation can certainly be extended, homeowners who want to upgrade their home insulation in Toronto would be wise to work with an experienced professional.
For attic insulation in Toronto, EcoComfort Insulation & Contracting will recommend the best options for upgrading. In fact, with blown-in insulation, it’s possible to “top up” existing insulation and further extend the lifespan of the installation. Whatever the situation, EcoComfort will offer the best possible options for product and installation.
Factors that Affect the Lifespan of Attic Insulation
Air leaks in the attic have a negative effect on home insulation in Toronto, actually limiting the energy efficiency of the installed insulation. Another factor affecting lifespan is the “settling” of insulation material. Blown-in products, for example, will settle after time, and after many years the energy efficiency will be affected. Finally, with excessive moisture in the attic, the insulation will be compromised.
Signs Your Attic Insulation is Not Performing
Temperature regulation is an important effect of attic insulation in Toronto. If you’re feeling cold drafts in your home during winter, your insulation is underperforming. If your HVAC unit (heating and cooling) is working overtime, your insulation just is not doing its job. And if your energy bill for heating and cooling is higher than usual, that’s another sign that your attic insulation isn’t performing up to par. Overall, it means that the existing insulation needs attention.
Assess Deficiencies With an Attic Inspection
A professional attic inspection in Toronto will allow you to identify insulation deficiencies in the attic. There could be some moisture issues – there could be inadequate insulation material – and there could even be mold growing. Whatever the case, a good attic inspection will identify problems early on so that they won’t develop further into bigger problems, some which could be costly to properly remedy.
Attic Ventilation Allows the Home to “Breathe”
An attic that isn’t well ventilated will allow undesirable air moisture to accumulate, even in other parts of the home. On the other hand, a well-ventilated attic will allow for better balanced indoor temperatures and few “hot and cold” areas throughout the home. Finally, proper attic ventilation in Toronto attics and roof cavities will ensure a clean, dry space that won’t attract rodents and other pests.
Add New Attic Insulation On Top of Existing Insulation
New blown-in insulation in Toronto can definitely be installed over existing attic insulation. However, the existing materials must be clean and free of any contamination. Even more, the insulation cannot be wet or waterlogged – this could quickly lead to mold growth. “If you’re upgrading your attic insulation in Toronto, “topping up” can actually extend the lifespan of the finished insulation.
High-quality Insulation like Blown-In Cellulose
For home insulation in Toronto, EcoComfort Insulation & Contracting recommends high-quality blown-in cellulose. With a professional installation in the attic, blown-in cellulose will effectively block air movement (often better than comparable insulation products). The many benefits of blown-in cellulose make it a cost-effective project with an excellent return on investment.
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