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Insulating Your Attic in the Winter

If you wish your home was more energy-efficient, adding attic insulation in winter is a great way to help lower your heating bills. It offers many other benefits as well, though proper installation is required for the best results.

Benefits of Adding Attic Insulation in Winter

There are many benefits of insulating your attic during the colder months (and although it doesn’t get too cold here in southeastern Virginia, the temperatures can drop pretty drastically in the winter). Attic insulation can help:

  • Improve heating efficiency: Insulation acts as a thick blanket on top of your home to keep heated air inside, resulting in energy savings. Insulation also helps keep your home cooler in the summer.
  • Boost home comfort: Insulating your attic helps eliminate hot and cold spots. You can expect a more comfortable, consistent temperature when you aren’t losing heating through the ceiling in the winter.
  • Reduce your carbon footprint: Any time you cut back on energy consumption, you reduce the amount of emissions your home adds to the atmosphere. In this way, adding attic insulation in winter is good news for the environment.
  • Prevent ice dams: Heat rising into the attic doesn’t just waste energy bills; it also leads to roof problems in the winter. If the attic becomes too warm, snow on the roof melts from the underside, refreezing into an ice dam as it approaches the cooler eaves. This permits water to sit on the roof for an extended time, refreezing at night and creeping in under the shingles. This damages the roof and causes water leaks. Combined with attic ventilation, insulation can help prevent these problems.

Attic Insulation Tips

  • The EPA recommends a total heat resistance value, or R-value, of R38 to R60 in Virginia home attics. Different types of insulation have different R-values, so the thickness you need will vary.
  • Never cover the attic eaves when installing insulation. This ensures proper airflow from the soffit to the ridge vent at the peak of the roof, which is important to prevent moisture problems and ice dams.
  • Use caution when installing insulation near a recessed light fixture.

For more information about adding attic insulation in winter, contact Tidewater Insulators, proudly serving Norfolk, Virginia area residents since 2001. We look forward to helping you save money this winter (and all year long)!

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