Do you need more insulation in your attic? Not sure? That’s okay—it’s not always easy to tell when you need more insulation. This is where the professionals come in! Since 1984, OJ Insulation has been installing insulation in homes and commercial buildings in Southern California. We have a lot of experience with attic insulation.
Although it’s best to talk to a professional insulation company, there are a few things you can handle on your own to find out if you need more home insulation. Since the attic is one of the biggest sources of energy loss (a lot of attics aren’t as energy-efficient as they could be!), it’s a great place to start. So, how do you tell if you need more attic insulation?
Do You Have Enough Attic Insulation?
To start, poke your head up in your attic and briefly survey; this is one of the quickest and easiest ways to tell if you need more attic insulation. Can you see your floor joists (the wooden beams running across the floor)? If the insulation is level with or below the joists, you probably need to re-insulate the attic. Not sure what your situation is? The experts at OJ Insulation can help you!
Keep in mind—even if your joists are not visible and you think you may have enough attic insulation, there could be hidden air leaks that are significantly reducing the insulation’s performance. In fact, too many air leaks can render insulation essentially useless.
Other Ways to Tell if You Need More Attic Insulation
Besides manually checking, there are other ways to tell if you need to re-insulate the attic. You most likely may need more attic insulation if:
- Your energy bills are higher than usual.
- The second floor of your home is uncomfortably hot, particularly in the summer.
- Your AC is running more than normal in the summer.
Getting a home energy audit can be beneficial as well. Although they can be a little costly upfront, energy audits determine exactly where your home is losing energy and costing you money! This can help you save money in the long-run.
Need to Install Insulation?
Keep in mind that just because you’re experiencing some of these problems doesn’t necessarily mean you need more attic insulation. It’s always best to have professional insulators come out and assess your situation because they’ll be able to tell you for sure if you need to re-insulate or not. Our experienced professionals are happy to come out and have a look!
Contact OJ Insulation today if you think you need to install more insulation in your attic. We offer free, no-obligation estimates!