The attic is a part of the home that is often considered “out of sight, out of mind.” What many homeowners don’t realize, however, is that attics are responsible for a great deal of heat loss during the winter and cool air loss during the summer. This is especially true of attics that suffer from air sealing issues or are not properly insulated, both of which are scenarios that can allow conditioned air to escape and unconditioned outside air to enter the home.

To understand the importance of our attics, it’s important to first take a moment to learn about the stack effect.

What is Stack Effect?

In basic terms, stack effect refers to the movement of air into and out of the home. It all starts with the basement, where hot air can enter during the summer. As the air rises through the home, it eventually makes its way to the attic. Naturally, an attic that isn’t properly insulated or air sealed will allow this air to escape, thus starting the cycle over again. It’s one of the biggest contributors to the loss of conditioned air within the home, affecting energy efficiency and the health of your heating and cooling system.

To minimize stack effect, the best approach is to ensure that the whole home is properly insulated and air sealed.

Types of Insulation

There are a variety of different types of insulation available to today’s homeowners. At Insulation Solutions of CT, we believe that making the right choice comes down to each individual situation. When it comes to the attic, we take a holistic approach to insulating. We find that different combinations of spray foam, fiberglass, and rigid board work best, and as every attic is different, each has its own unique needs. We’ll take a close look at your attic and determine exactly what types of insulation will work best, no matter how large or small it may be.

Unlike other contractors, we consider ourselves to be insulation experts and have seen practically every scenario there is to work with. No project is too difficult, and you can rest assured that our recommendations for insulating your attic will be made thoughtfully.

The Benefits of Attic Insulation

For homeowners who are looking to improve home performance, there are a number of reasons why it’s important to start with insulating the attic. Stack effect is a real problem, and it can be especially hard to deal with during the winter months. 

The benefits of attic insulation include:

  • Enhanced Home Efficiency

  • Reduced Heating and Cooling Bills

  • Better Indoor Air Quality

  • A More Comfortable Home Environment

Attic insulation and air sealing is one of the most important home upgrades you can consider for improving the tightness of your home’s perimeter (the “building envelope”).

Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment!