Attic Insulation Toronto
Whether a new construction or an older established home, Toronto property owners should always examine if their house is ready for the upcoming change in season. Controlling energy costs while maintaining comfort in the home has always been the biggest challenge for local homeowners and unfinished areas of the home are usually the source of air leaks. Installing attic insulation in Toronto and sealing air leaks is the best way to keep your home comfortable while lowering your monthly energy bill.
Installing attic insulation in Toronto gets your home ready for any season
As hot air rises throughout your home, it can accumulate in areas which are prone to heat loss, such as an empty attic. Attics are perfect for storage or as an emergency bedroom, however, the unfinished space above the top floor can create numerous problems for homeowners. During the winter months, homes are heated and that warmer air rises throughout the home eventually reaching the attic. Non-insulated attics can easily allow hot or cold air to escape causing the heating or cooling system to run longer to maintain the desired temperature. This means more energy consumption and higher utility bills. Local homeowners should consider installing attic insulation in Toronto to reduce those monthly costs.
Your attic may be costing you money
Builders rarely insulate attics when constructing homes and they are usually left in an unfinished state. Open slats and exposed exterior walls provide many opportunities for air to escape which directly impacts the cost of heating and cooling your home. A higher energy bill means your heating and cooling equipment is operating longer than it should resulting in increased wear and tear on equipment. Fully insulating your home’s attic will reduce energy consumption and save you money in unnecessary and costly furnace and air conditioning repairs.
A high tech solution for an old problem
No home construction is ever perfect and controlling and maintaining air flow within the home is one of the biggest challenges for homeowners in Toronto. Older homes have their own set of unique problems related to wear and tear. Professional insulation specialists believe that proper attic insulation in Toronto is the most efficient way to control airflow, reduce costs and keep the home comfortable all year round. EcoComfort offers the latest in blown-in fiberglass or blown-in cellulose insulation and ensures the complete coverage of your attic.
Types of Attic Insulation
Choosing new insulation from the many available options on the market is enough to make your head spin. While everyone wants the best insulation for their home, what’s the ‘best’ is a matter for discussion - each home is uniquely affected by its location, weather, elevation and other factors, and the EcoComfort team will help you choose what will work best for your needs and budget. There are two major formulations of insulation that are used on the market today: batts and blown in.
Batts: This style of insulation has been on the market for decades. Resembling unspun wool or cotton candy, batts are large, fluffy rectangular pieces of insulation made from materials like fibreglass, cotton, or rock slag. Batts are a great choice for rectangular or square spaces where they can be cut exactly or fit into a framed wall, but have a bit more trouble when there are curves or tight spaces - insulation has to offer complete coverage to be truly effective.
Blown in: When insulation is blown into a space, it may be made of similar materials to batt style insulation, but it is formulated as very small pieces instead of big continuous sheets. This allows it to be installed very quickly and with minimal mess or man power. It also gives it a greater flexibility than batt style insulation, because it can fit into irregularly shaped spaces much easier. The best part of blown in insulation is that it can be installed in exterior walls through small holes drilled into the walls. There’s no big mess or need to take down drywall, just a small hole to patch and paint.
The Benefits of Blown in Cellulose
Blown in cellulose insulation is one of our top recommendations at EcoComfort for a number of important reasons. A major clue is in our name - blown in cellulose insulation is one of the most eco friendly options on the insulation market today because it’s made from post-consumer recycled paper waste and isn’t treated with any harmful chemicals. Other reasons we love blown in cellulose insulation are:
- It’s cost efficient
- It can be installed quickly
- It has a long life span, and resists mold and mildew
- It’s unfriendly to four and six (and eight) legged creatures
- It helps to reduce the wear and tear on your heating and cooling appliances by providing better thermal coverage to your home
- It helps to create a more stable indoor environment
- It reduces your energy consumption
How do you Know when to get Your Attic Insulated?
The problems associated with poor attic insulation are often difficult to notice. Like the cold or flu, a lot of symptoms can be caused by other problems or issues. It’s also very easy to ignore the attic for the simple reason that it’s not a room we generally use or pass through on a daily basis. Attics often have inconvenient or difficult to access hatches located in the closet or near the stairs, and without a reason to poke your head up there, it’s tricky to know what’s going on.
Pay attention to the following signs in your home. If a few of these common problems begin to appear, it might be a good time to get an attic insulation specialist to come by and assess your home.
- You have hot or cold spots and drafts: When your home doesn’t seem to be evenly heated or cooled, that’s likely because air is moving around when it shouldn’t be. Leaky or under-insulated attics are often a primary cause of air movement throughout your home.
- Your utility bills are high: A lack of good insulation means that your heating or cooling system needs to run a lot more frequently to keep your home warm or cold - and that is costing you money every month.
- Your temperature is difficult to regulate: When your insulation isn’t doing what its supposed to, your home temperature will fluctuate wildly and respond more quickly to the weather. New insulation will help stop this yo-yo effect and even out your home’s temperature.
The Benefits of New Insulation
At EcoComfort, our experience helping clients across the GTA has shown us the many benefits of installing new insulation in your home.
- It’s environmentally sound: Many of our customers come to us with environmental concerns or an interest in increasing their energy efficiency. New insulation has a positive effect on the environment because it helps you be more energy efficient, keeping your conditioned air inside your home and reducing the run time on your furnace or air conditioner. This lessens the load on the entire energy grid and helps reduce carbon emissions, resulting in a better environment for all.
- It lowers your monthly costs: Heating and cooling your home can make up a huge portion of your monthly living expenses. Adding new insulation to even just the attic of your home can make a significant difference every month to that bill. New insulation will help stop air leaking from your home, which affects the run time of your furnace. Fewer hours on means more dollars in your pocket!
- It helps prevent moisture damage: Heat rises through your home and will collect in an under-insulated attic, where it can create condensation and help encourage mold growth, rot, and insulation damage. Better insulation will help keep that heat where it belongs and create an environment unfriendly to dangerous mold growth.
- It helps improve your indoor air quality: Damaged or old insulation can harbour dangerous substances like asbestos, or collect allergens and support mold growth.
Choosing an Eco-Friendly Attic Insulation in Toronto
Many of our customers at EcoComfort have serious (and legitimate) concerns about climate change and what they can do to help make their home easier on the world around them. While we can’t fix the mistakes of the past, the present holds a lot of great affordable green options for your home that have a positive impact on our natural resource consumption, waterways, air quality, and garbage creation.
New attic insulation also helps reduce your carbon footprint by lessening your energy consumption. Choosing a green insulation material, like blown in cellulose insulation, can reduce and reuse materials otherwise destined for the landfill.
Trust the professionals at EcoComfort for the best attic insulation in Toronto
Proper attic insulation in Toronto is proven to drastically cut heating costs throughout the winter season by keeping cold air out, and trapping warm air in. Thorough and expertly installed attic insulation will reduce energy consumption, saving money in both energy and repair bills. Property owners should only trust professionals with extensive residential experience to complete the job. EcoComfort is Toronto’s experienced attic insulation contractor you can trust to get the job done right the first time. Homeowners can expect 100 percent satisfaction in both the job and the price when hiring EcoComfort to insulate their attic. EcoComfort has the residential home experience and expertise to fully seal and insulate your home’s attic and upper crawlspaces. Contact EcoComfort for a free estimate today.
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