Contrary to popular belief, your attic is one of the most important rooms in your home. Not only does it protect the rest of your home from the elements, but it also regulates the temperature and airflow of your entire home. If you notice your utility bills climbing, improper insulation might be the culprit. Contact Couto for a free attic inspection today.
Duct Sealing: Ductwork can lose efficiency due to leaks from gaps and holes. The air loss puts more strain on your heating and cooling systems to keep a consistent temperature in your home. Sealing these gaps and holes with spray foam or duct mastic will allow for the best airflow in your ductwork. For the best energy efficiency, it’s best to combine this with duct insulation.
Air Sealing: Gaps and cracks will inevitably form between your living space and attic. To remedy this, we test to find the problem areas and then seal them with spray foam. These gaps and cracks can form around plumbing or wiring, through the attic floor, ductwork, vents, chimney cases, attic doors or recessed lights and ceiling fans.
Ice Dam Prevention: Ice dams form because of poor insulation. They can cause damage to your shingles or gutters which can lead to roof leaks. Ice dams are formed from heat loss causing the snow to melt on your roof. The water then runs towards the cold eaves and gutters and refreezes. This process repeats itself and creates the ice dam. Water will eventually pool up behind the dam and cause leaks into your attic, wreaking serious damage. Air sealing and better insulation will keep your home protected from ice dams.
Attic Mold Prevention: Attics are an at-risk area for humidity, and because of this, mold will often form there. Mold can cause many problems, including structural damage and potential health issues for the people living in the home. Our two-part system can remove dark stains and discoloration from mold growth and prevent it from growing in the future. Air sealing and installing insulation also help to discourage future mold from growing in your attic.
The types of insulation we install
Cellulose Insulation: Cellulose insulation is treated with a non-toxic borate solution making it pest and mold-resistant. It’s an effective and durable material that can raise your attic’s R-value (how well insulation can resist heat). It won’t run the risk of compressing and has a Class-1 fire safety rating. Cellulose is blown-in insulation made from recycled newspaper, so it’s environmentally friendly. Air sealing should be done prior to installing the insulation.
Rigid Foam Insulation: Rigid foam insulation fills in where cellulose isn’t ideal. It’s a durable and water-resistant material available in panels which can be cut to the size needed. This insulation helps improve your home’s energy efficiency. Air sealing upgrades are typically combined with this insulation for more effective results.
Radiant Barrier Insulation: During the summer, the attic is the warmest part of your house. Any ductwork in your attic can heat up, causing your AC unit to have to work harder to cool your home. Radiant barriers reflect heat and are a great solution to this problem. When properly installed, they can reflect up to 97% of the sun’s rays.
Duct Insulation: When ductwork in your attic is left uninsulated, your heating and cooling systems are more susceptible to temperature shifts. This causes your systems to be inefficient and prone to leaks. During the summer, the cold air from your AC unit goes through hot ductwork and heats up. In the winter, the warm air from your heater goes through cold ductwork and cools down. Installing spray foam duct insulation solves these problems and helps to keep your home more efficient.