Attic Insulation Removal
In most cased decades of old insulation and hidden air leaks make it impossible to effectively work to rehabilitate attic insulation. This is why retro Green Energy often suggest that the old contaminated insulation has to be removed to guarantee an exceptional advanced air sealing project. IF you can imagine swimming through a foot of old, pest ridden insulation to find small 1in air leakage, you will understand that out with the old and in the new makes a ton of sense and ensures you the home owner a quality job. Insulation provides a thermal barrier for your home, helping slow heat transfer to keep you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Over time, however, most insulation types lose their effectiveness and need to be replaced in order to keep your home comfortable and energy efficient. Insulation and an effective air barrier have to work together to create a dry, comfortable, and energy efficient home all year round.
Why Does Insulation Need to be Removed?
Many homes in the greater St. Cloud area have fiberglass insulation in the attic. Fiberglass isn’t the best insulator to begin with and it only becomes less effective. In fact, it can lose about 50% of its stated R-value or thermal resistance when temperatures in the attic rise over 140°F or when it’s below 20°F outdoors. This only causes your air conditioner or furnace to run over time, resulting in discomfort and high energy bills year-round.
Air leaks throughout your home waste energy by allowing conditioned air to leak out and outdoor air to come in. Especially during the summer and winter, you’ll notice drafts and remain uncomfortable, regardless of what your thermostat is saying. To effectively seal air leaks, attic insulation needs to be removed. Once your attic is air sealed with closed-cell spray foam insulation, you’ll notice improvements in comfort, energy efficiency, and home health.
You might not want to think about it, but mice, bats, and other pests might be making your attic their home. By getting rid of existing, pest-infested insulation, you’ll be able to make improve your home’s indoor air quality and have peace of mind that pesky critters aren’t making your home theirs anymore.