When something doesn’t feel right in your home, it usually isn’t. Your indoor temperatures may vary widely from room to room. The second floor, which is usually warmer than the first anyway, feels more humid than warm.
Your natural suspicions are heightened by the fact that your energy bills are going up while your energy use has remained consistent. And are your eyes deceiving you or did you notice some bare patches on your roof during the last snowfall – a sure sign of a “hot spot,” or a patch where rising heat caused the snow to melt?
All of these indicators point to a need for more attic insulation. And now you’re ready to put a two-step assessment plan into action.
How To Visually Inspect Your Insulation
Trust your eyes again to do a visual check of the insulation in your attic. If you cannot see the floor joists because the insulation sits well above them, you probably have enough insulation, the U.S. Department of Energy says. But “if your insulation is just level with or below your floor joists (i.e., you can easily see your joists), you should add more.”
Before you go on to the second step, be sure the insulation is level with no dips. It’s common for insulation to look robust in the middle of an attic and then flatten out near the walls and corners – another sign you need more insulation, the department says.
How To Measure Your Attic Insulation
Since your attic is probably far less familiar to you than other regions of your home, take a few minutes to get your bearings before you move around your attic. Step only on the joists so you don’t accidentally put your foot through the ceiling of the room below your attic. And avoid any contact with electrical wiring.
When you’re ready to measure the height of your attic insulation, insert a metal tape measure into the insulation until it comes into contact with lumber. Note the measurement. Do this in several places across your attic.
In all likelihood, your insulation takes the form of fiberglass batts or loose-fill. Either way, it should reach a depth of between 10 and 14 inches.
If you’re unsure or have questions, call Wyoming Roofing to schedule a consultation. We’ll thoroughly inspect your attic and give you the benefit of expert opinion homeowners throughout the Sheridan and Gillette areas have come to depend on.