Why do an Attic Upgrade?

If you’ve ever taken a peek into your attic, you might have noticed that the builder added some insulation to help shield your home from the hot/cold attic temperatures. Unfortunately, if your home is older than 10 years, it is likely that you don’t have enough insulation to create an effective barrier. Current building code requires R-49 (18.5” of Insulation). Think about your insulation like your home’s blanket; the thicker the blanket the warmer it keeps you at night. Not having enough insulation in your attic can be a great contributor to being uncomfortably hot in the summer and too cold in the winter.

Sometimes the insulation throughout the attic is lower because it has not been upgraded since it was originally installed, but othertimes the insulation is lower because it has been trampled or moved by previous homeowners or maintenance technicians, or by wind blowing through the eaves.  Installing new insulation to bring the house up to code can significantly reduce the amount of heat that is lost into the attic in the winter and heat that is pulled down from the attic in the summer.

Insulating and sealing your home’s attic is typically the best upgrade you can do to improve the comfort of your home and reduce your utility bills. Poorly insulated attics typically account for 20% of all the heat loss in your house in the winter time or heat gain in the summer time. The good news is, most attics are accessible and can be insulated properly for an affordable cost.

Some of the common signs that your home may need an attic upgrade are:

Evidence That Your Home Needs an Attic Upgrade
  • Uncomfortable Rooms Right Next To the Attic → Either too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter
  • HVAC Equipment Having Trouble Getting the House to Temperature on very hot or very cold days
  • Uneven Temperatures Between Floors → Colder Lower Levels, Warmer Upper Levels
  • Less Than 10 inches of Insulation in the Attic or Visible Attic Floor Joists above or between the insulation
  • High Utility Bills During Heating or Cooling Months
  • Trouble controlling your home’s humidity levels or indoor air quality
  • Cold Drafts on the Lower Levels of Your Home During the Winter
Our Solution

Before doing any attic upgrade, it is important to determine all of the paths where heat is escaping from the house and into the attic. While adding extra insulation to get to the current code goes a long way keeping the heat in your house in the winter, it is just as important to seal all of the pathways where air can leak into the attic.It may look like the attic isn’t well connected to your home, but underneath the attic insulation there are many holes related to plumbing, electrical and mechanical equipment, which allow air exchange between the attic and your home. There are also less noticeable penetrations such as the tops of wall cavities and chases which add up to create a sizable connection between the attic and your home. Nearly all attic insulations (fiberglass loosefill, fiberglass batts, cellulose, or rockwool) do not stop air movement, so these air leaks must be sealed in addition to adding insulation to the attic. Our attic upgrade process takes into account both key improvement areas – attic air leakage AND low attic insulation and specifically includes:

  • Thourough Inspection for All Attic Air Leaks
  • Top Plate Sealing for Interior and Exterior Walls
  • Sealing of Recessed Can Lights
  • Sealing of Duct, Chimney, Flue, and Dropped Ceiling Chases
  • Sealing and Insulating Attic Hatches and Pull Down Staircase Sealing
  • Spray Foam Insulation on Attic Kneewalls and Skylight Walls
  • Installation of Platforms/Daming Around HVAC Equipment or Storage
  • Installation of Attic Insulation to R-49 (18.5”)
The Atlas Home Energy Experience

By choosing Atlas Home Energy for your home upgrades, we promise to:

  1. Smooth Process – Atlas staff will manage and perform every step of your home upgrade from the initial evaluation, to the completion of the variety of upgrade projects, to the follow up testing, to the filing for financial incentives. We will take care of the logistics and the details, so that you don’t have to. While there are a lot of steps along the upgrade process and many different construction experts and trades we have designed our processes to make the upgrade experience seamless and efficient.
  2. Measurable Results – We perform follow up testing for all of the services that we provide, so that we give you quantifiable results to show you where your home was before your upgrade and how much it has improved.
  3. Industry Leading Warranty – We use materials and equipment that are of the highest quality because we want our upgrades to last for as long as you live in your home. If you suspect that a product we installed stopped performing as promised, we will send an expert out to evaluate and fix the issue at no charge to you anytime within your warranty period.  

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