Making sure that your house is heavily insulated is not just a way to keep the temperature in; it is also critical to the house’s overall protection. In his September 5, 2014 article for the London Free Press, writer Rob Parker says:
With winter just around the corner, homeowners should start to consider what can be done to make their homes more energy efficient and in turn help to lower their heating costs.
One of the most cost-effective ways to save on heating and cooling costs is to ensure your attic is properly insulated. A well-insulated attic will not only save you money but will also prolong the life of your roof. That said, adding insulation is not enough.
You must have proper ventilation to control moisture and heat buildup. Moisture buildup in the attic will cause mould to grow on the wood surfaces, and lead to premature failure of the roof decking and structure/framing. Heat buildup will lead to premature failure of the roof shingles.
A great deal of time may have passed in Ontario since the article was published, but it does underline the dangers people face in an under-insulated home during the great season of white. Aside from the heating system being set at higher than normal outputs to compensate, it also drives utility bills through the roof. It may be possible that some people were not able to fully insulate their house in time for winter, but even then, they can still batten down with the help of professionals who handle insulation in Peterborough like those from EnviroTech Insulation.
Going Up Top
Part of putting up insulation for the roof requires inspecting the roof first for any leaks, which may be recommended during periods of clear weather when the snow can be scraped off for a clearer inspection. This is needed to probe the roof for any leaks and repair them as soon as possible, because any leaks will compromise the insulation and the wood structure. Parker stresses to make sure that the roof and soffit vents are not blocked, but can provide ample air circulation at the ratio of one square foot venting for every 300 sq. ft. of attic space.
Insulation companies in Toronto primarily use blown in cellulose to adequately coat the attic and support beams. Still, you must ask your preferred insulation specialist if the insulation required is above the standard of RSI 50. At the same time, identify and seal any wall assemblies that go through the ceiling, as this can compromise the heat.
Effective insulation will keep your house locking in the heat all winter-long. Don’t forget to call firms like EnviroTech for the job.
(Source: A Closer Look: Proper insulation saves energy, adds to roof life, London Free Press, 5 September 2014)