There’s something easy you can do to save energy and money. You know what it is. But, if you’re like most Americans, you have it on your “to do list”. Well, with the cost of energy these days, maybe now’s the time to put it on your “to do now” list. It’s insulating your home.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a properly insulated home can save you up to 20% on your heating and cooling energy bills. Let me repeat that. Up to 20%. These days, that’s REAL MONEY! And considering over 40% of all energy is used in homes and buildings, it could save a lot of energy, too. Almost 80 million American homes are under-insulated, especially those built before 1990. The Owens Corning Atticat blown-in insulation system makes it quick and affordable. So what’s stopping you?
Should I remove my old insulation before adding new insulation?
If your existing insulation is old, contaminated with evidence of insect or rodent droppings, we strongly recommend considering removal of the existing insulation and sealing of the attic as indicated, before adding new Owens Corning Pink Fiberglass blown-in insulation.
Below are just a few reasons to have attic insulation removed from an old attic:
- Over Insulated (too much insulation)
- Damaged/Contaminated insulation (animal & reptile and/or rodent feces/urine and infestation
- Upgrading insulation
- Allergies & Dust
Very often attics are covered with animal feces from squirrels, raccoons, bats and mice infestations. In these cases the droppings and urine deposits often create strong odors and can be hazardous to your health. Sometimes it’s a home improvement project that warrants removing and replacing the insulation in an attic. Other times it is problems with old, dusty attic insulation trickling out of cracks and holes around light fixtures, electrical wiring and attic staircases or scuttle holes. These issues require sealing prior to replacing the insulation.
As Titusville’s insulation experts, we provide respect for your home and property, always! Even if it is just your attic. Our powerful 15 H.P. commercial rated vacuum thoroughly removes your existing insulation and disposes of it in disposable waste management systems. Once complete, we quickly haul away and dispose of your contaminated insulation. Once the contaminated insulation is removed from your attic, then we are able to check the attic for chewed wires, additional droppings and feces, entry and exit points created from any possible past or present animal infestation, and check all truss and wood structures to make sure they are intact.
An attic that is full of old, dusty, contaminated insulation is not only a potential health hazard to you and your family, but is also an unusable hazardous area of your home. As Brevard County’s attic sealing and insulation expert, Air Care Systems, Inc. can help you reclaim your attic and turn it into useable space with our insulation removal and attic restoration services.
Why not just install more attic insulation over the old insulation in my attic?
Ideally, old installation should always be removed prior to installing any new insulation. Leaving the current insulation in place and applying a new layer of insulation on top pf contaminated materials merely sandwiches in the allergens, bacteria and debris located in the existing insulation and R values may also be compromised in this instance.
Once the attic insulation is removed, we can properly seal your attic, remove debris and contaminants, and then install the proper amount of safe and effective insulation.
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