Attic insulation is critical to your home’s energy efficiency, air quality, and helps maintain comfortable temperatures even on the hottest summer days. According to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association, as much as 90% of single-family homes are under-insulated in the Pacific Northwest – resulting in wasted energy, money, and increased discomfort. Attic insulation along with your roof and ventilation components work together to create a system to efficiently protect your home and improve its overall health. Old, damaged, or moisture-filled attic insulation can result in a variety of problems that can have major impacts not only on your home but your health as well. Organic insulation found in many Western Washington attics can form mold and mildew, attract pests, and break down over time – reducing its efficiency. If you think you’re among the 90% of homeowners without adequate attic insulation, you could be losing as much as 25% of your cooling and heating through the attic.
New ProCat blown-in loosefill attic insulation from Owens Corning is purely synthetic which allows the material to not break down or lose its effectiveness over time. Over 29% of homeowners report having a rodent problem, of that number almost 25% of all infestations occurred in the attic. Because ProCat is a synthetic insulation, pests are discouraged from nesting or using the material as a food source which can be a common problem with other insulation products. According to Realtimelab, over 50% of homes in the U.S. have mold problems, and 28% of the population have genes that make them highly susceptible to mold-related health issues. Almost 98% of all moisture present in a home is generated in the bathrooms and kitchen. Acting as a barrier between the warmer, moist air of the home’s interior, and the air in the naturally drier attic space, insulation will defend against condensation caused by temperature variations.
Updated insulation helps keep humidity low while maintaining a comfortable interior climate. New blown-in synthetic insulation can help to alleviate any excess humidity, allowing any moisture in the air to flow through the attic rather than build up causing damage. Additionally, if your attic insulation is in good condition and free from moisture, Valentine Roofing offers a top-off service which can be a simple and cost-effective way to bring your attic up to current energy standards, saving you money and increasing the efficiency of your home.
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