Upgrade Your Attic Insulation to Save Money & Make Your Pennsylvania Home More Comfortable
Do you find yourself and your loved ones huddling under a blanket when the temperatures plummet in the winter? Do you have to constantly cycle your air conditioner in the summer for a reprieve from the sweltering heat? Are energy costs continuing to climb month after month and year after year? This may be a sign that your attic is poorly insulated. Fortunately, there’s an easy solution—call Integrity Construction & Windows. As attic insulation specialists with locations in Altoona and Greensburg, we have helped countless homeowners in Pittsburgh metro and throughout northern, southern, and western Pennsylvania achieve greater comfort and significant savings on monthly energy costs.
The Importance of Proper Attic Insulation
Heat rises, which makes attic insulation a critical barrier against heat loss in the winter. In fact, nearly 50% of all energy loss happens through the attic. Maintaining the proper type and amount of insulation in your attic will reduce heating and cooling costs so that you can keep your thermostat in the “blanket-free zone” for your comfort. According to the US Department of Energy, Pennsylvania is in Zone 5 due to the cold winter climate, meaning recommended insulation levels should be an R-49 (16-18” deep). For homeowners on a budget or who want to reduce their energy consumption due to environmental concerns, having a tightly sealed and insulated attic will help you reduce your carbon footprint and save money on your monthly fuel bills. If your home is more than 10 years old, your home’s traditional insulation has degraded, meaning chances are it is among the 90% of US homes that are under-insulated.
Benefits of Attic Insulation Upgrades
When you consider the benefits of installing new attic insulation, this investment becomes a no-brainer. Proper insulation will:
- Pay for itself faster than other home improvement projects and can provide more than a 100% return on investment
- Save you money on your monthly heating and cooling costs
- Add value to your home
- Reduce your energy consumption and reduce your carbon footprint
Additionally, maintaining the proper type and level of attic insulation can provide benefits beyond energy savings. For example, by stopping heat from becoming trapped in your attic, insulation can prevent wear to wood structures and can even extend the life of your roofing shingles. What’s more, a properly sealed and insulated attic can improve indoor air quality by reducing the amount of pollutants and allergens that enter your home.
Get Started with an Energy Analysis
If you have an old or drafty home, we can help you figure out which holes to plug first so that you can get the most bang for your buck. During your energy analysis, our specialists will identify areas of your home where air is leaking and inspect your existing attic insulation. They will make suggestions based on their findings to pinpoint what upgrades will reduce your energy consumption the most to provide the fastest return on your investment. Many of the suggested upgrades are settings you can adjust yourself for free or “do-it-yourself” projects that can be done at a minimal cost. You will be left with pricing on our insulation packages based on the results of your insulation inspection, with no obligation to buy.
EShield™ Radiant Barrier Insulation
While traditional insulation will be sufficient in blocking heat loss due to conductive and convective heat, it is not effective against radiant heat. We’ve partnered with eShield, as seen on Extreme Makeover Home Edition, to offer their state-of-the-art attic insulation. Having this reflective insulation installed by certified insulation specialists will reflect 97% of all radiant heat transfer, which is a leading cause of home energy waste. US Department of Energy tests show that eShield radiant barrier delivers more energy savings than five inches of additional fiberglass insulation. Radiant barrier insulation from eShield:
- Is effective for the life of your home and won’t settle, condense, or be affected by mildew
- Never needs to be replaced or maintained
- Resists nesting from birds and rodents
- Doesn’t contain dangerous fibers and allergens
- Has superior fire resistance ratings
- Has a clean appearance
- Provides a warmer attic in the winter and cooler attic in the summer
Blown-in Insulation & Air Sealing
While reflective insulation blocks radiant heat transfer, blown-in insulation and air sealing will limit conductive and convective heat flow. We carry the only blown-in insulation product on the market that is guaranteed to maintain its R-Value for as long as you own your home. What’s more, we can identify and seal holes and air leaks in your attic as part of your insulation package, further reducing your monthly energy costs.
To learn more about the benefits of upgrading your attic insulation, contact Integrity Construction & Windows today. We’ll be happy to schedule an energy analysis at your home in Pittsburgh metro or another area in northern, southern, or western Pennsylvania.