In older houses (like those found throughout the Columbus area), attic insulation is often in bad shape. There might not be enough of it, maybe it was not installed evenly, or, over the years, critters have moved in, or water leaks could have damaged it. In many houses, attics are used for storage, and the insulation gets crushed and cannot do its job.
Attic insulation is one of the most cost-effective home efficiency measures you can make. Improving it is relatively easy. As part of an energy audit, our team at Greene Solutions will inspect your attic and give you advice on how you can improve the insulation. Sometimes this includes removing the insulation that’s there, especially if there’s asbestos present.
Why Remove Existing Insulation?
Removing old, damaged or crushed insulation, sealing all holes, seams, cracks and chases and then installing spray foam insulation does two, three and even four great things for your house:
Improves the R-value (or thermal resistance) in your attic, reducing the rate of heat flow.
Creates an air barrier, reducing air leakage and keeping more heat inside.
Creates a vapor barrier, reducing the amount of warm, moist air that escapes into your attic and can cause problems.
Better insulation means less air and moisture leaking into your attic, which is a great solution for ice damming problems.
Additionally, we can enhance the indoor air quality in your home by removing old, damaged and smelly insulation. Removing and replacing vermin- or water-damaged insulation gives you the opportunity to remove contaminants like dust, debris, mold, etc before installing the proper R-value fiberglass or spray foam insulation.
Older houses often have complicated attic spaces, with knee walls and dormers that create challenges for even insulation coverage. We’ve got the science behind us to understand how to best meet the challenges of these kinds of areas.
Greene Solutions serves homeowners looking for cost-effective attic insulation and other energy retrofits in Columbus and vicinity, Upper Arlington, Dublin, Powell, Worthington and Westerville.