It may be hard to believe right now but winter is coming to Minneapolis. One thing that means is that Jack Frost can play havoc with your utility bills. But there are things you can do to keep more of your cash. One of the most cost effective is beefing up your attic insulation. Not only is it inexpensive, but the cost of the material qualifies for a federal income tax credit; now is the perfect time to take care of it.

Like most people, you probably don’t want to be crawling around up there and itching for days. Plus, how much insulation do you need? Energystar.gov recommends an R value of 49 with R-value being the measure of resistance to air flow. You don’t need to worry about any of this. Your Minneapolis roofer can not only evaluate your needs, but can do the installation for you.

Types of Insulation

insulation1Generally speaking, there are two types of attic insulation. The first is fiberglass, sometimes referred to as blanket insulation; it is available in batts (rectangular pieces) and rolls. The second type is blown-in and requires a mechanical blower to install it. It may also be fiberglass, but could also be either cellulose or mineral wool.

Which type is right in your particular situation? Again, a Minneapolis roofer, such as Midwest Exteriors, can take a look and make a recommendation. Every case is different; in wide open spaces either one may do, but if you have some hard to get to areas, blown-in will probably be your best bet.

Things to Consider when Installing InsulationEnergy-Star-Building-Products

When is the best time to install it? The easy answer is anytime, but late summer/fall is optimal so that you can begin to benefit financially before the cold weather sets in. In many cases it will pay for itself during the first winter, but if not, almost certainly after the following summer, as attic insulation also helps with summer cooling costs.

Another reason Midwest Exteriors recommends summer or fall for adding new insulation is because tax season will soon be upon us, and you will be all set to take advantage of that energy tax credit.

One more very important thing when installing attic insulation is to make sure that you don’t impede or cover up your venting. The most common mistake made is covering up the soffit vents. This will lead to stagnant, moist air in the attic and ice dams on your roof can result, possibly leading to costly repairs.

For an analysis of your current attic insulation, contact Midwest Exteriors Plus. We are your local Minneapolis roofer and an Owens Corning preferred contractor.