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How Much Insulation Do You Need for Your Attic?

If your attic isn’t properly insulated, your A/C will struggle in giving off enough cool throughout your Longview, TX home. When dealing with attic insulation, it’s quite hard to tell whether you have enough or you still have to add more.

No worries! Here are a few guidelines from our experts at Napps Heating, Cooling & Plumbing to let you know when it’s time to beef up your attic’s insulation.

Signs of Insufficient Insulation in the Attic
  1. Dirty and Wet

Wet, dirty, and damaged insulation can be the result of water leaks or excess moisture in the attic. It is best to install new insulation but, be sure to seal the leaks first. Call in an expert for further evaluation on your attic.

  1. Exposed Attic Roof Joists

When you start seeing the floor of the attic, you know that you need to add insulation. For most houses in Texas, having six to eight inches of attic insulation is enough. Because it settles over time, adding a little would be a wise move.

If any of these situations are evident, then you’ll need to add extra insulation on your attic. How much to add depends on your location and house setting. If you’re in a too hot or too cold region, adding an R30 on top of your existing insulation is a good choice. But, if your insulation has been removed entirely, an R60 would be a perfect replacement option.

Best Types of Attic Insulation

When replacing or adding insulation for your attic, here are three of the best options available in the market.

  • Loose Fill Insulation

For attics with plenty of obstacles and framing, loose fill is the ideal choice. It covers even the tightest spots in your attic, ensuring that the cool air won’t leak.

  • Batt Insulation

Also called rolled insulation, this fits homes with standard-sized joists. Batt insulation comes in various sizes. You can easily install it on top of the old insulation, which makes the entire process easy and simple.

  • Foam Insulation

If you want to keep more of the cool air indoors, foam insulation is another good choice for attic insulation. It offers a better air seal both during summer and winter.

Your attic requires a proper amount of insulation to make sure that conditioned air won’t escape outside. For all your insulation needs, our experts at Napps Heating, Cooling & Plumbing can help! Call us or visit our website if you wish to know more about the services we offer.