When is The Right Time for Attic Insulation Removal?
Published on September 07, 2021
When attic insulation is in good condition and performing at peak, we often take the benefits for granted – like a warm home in winter and a cool home in summer. On the flip side, when insulation isn't performing, indoor comfort is compromised, and attic insulation removal may be required.
For homeowners concerned about their attic insulation in Toronto, a professional attic inspection is an excellent way to assess overall performance. A good inspection is actually recommended once a year, as attic insulation tends to lose effectiveness and its ability to provide seasonal indoor comfort.
Good Reasons for Attic Insulation Removal
In most homes, the attic and roof are out of sight. So, it’s difficult for a typical homeowner to identify any deficiencies that may be present in the existing insulation material. Regardless of the age of the installed insulation, most insulation products will deteriorate over the long term and lose effectiveness, however high-quality insulation will last longer especially when done by an expert installation team like EcoComfort.
Dust and Debris in the Attic
When the attic is ineffectively insulated and air ventilation is limited, then dirt, dust, and debris start to accumulate. As a result, dust makes itself known throughout the rest of the house, often affecting the air quality for occupants. This is especially harmful to those who are prone to allergies and respiratory issues.
Pests and Animals in the Attic
Because of the comfortable, warm, and welcoming environment in the attic, rodents, birds, and even larger animals choose to nest there. The problem is that the insulation gets contaminated, damaged, losing its original performance capacity. This is especially common with attic insulation in Toronto during winter weather.
Odours Coming from the Attic
Odours and smells are not uncommon coming from the attic. To begin with, animal excrement can very quickly accumulate and start to smell. More than that, a mold outbreak can spread throughout the attic and roof cavity, resulting in that unique mildew smell that is associated with various mold strains.
Poor Insulation Performance
Over the years, most conventional insulation products will lose their performance effectiveness. And eventually, as performance diminishes, insulation removal and replacement will be required. This is where an annual attic inspection is valuable in identifying performance issues and possible remedies.
Energy Efficiency Deficiencies
One of the most serious issues with attic insulation is when the installed material doesn't provide adequate energy efficiency from one season to the next. Besides compromising indoor comfort, energy bills are higher than they should be, and money is being wasted on heating/cooling.
Failing a Formal Energy Audit
If you've had an energy audit performed and the results are poor, it may be the right time to remove the existing insulation and replace it with a quality product. At EcoComfort Insulation & Contracting, we do it all – from removing old insulation to making repairs to installing new, high-quality insulation.
Asbestos Deposits in the Attic
In older homes, especially those built before 1975, asbestos was used in attic insulation. Because these materials are considered dangerous, it’s just another reason to remove the entirety of the installation. In these situations, it's essential to hire the services of a highly experienced contractor.
To determine whether attic insulation removal is necessary, contact the EcoComfort team for a comprehensive attic inspection in Toronto, Mississauga, Burlington, Oakville, Vaughan, and the surrounding areas.
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