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Will Insulating My Attic Keep My Home Cooler?

Technician crouched in unfinished attic, blowing in loose-fill insulation.

When searching for ways to keep your home cool, insulation is key. While you may not always realize it, insulating your attic plays a crucial role in efficiently cooling your home in the summer, increasing your home’s comfort, lowering energy bills and more.

In this blog, the experts at Installed Building Products Portland discuss why attic insulation is important and how to determine the best type of insulation for your specific needs.


Understanding the Importance of Attic Insulation

Summer heat can be ruthless. Combatting it with proper attic insulation alongside a reliable AC unit can ensure your home offers a reprieve from rising temperatures.

Attic insulation is used as a thermal barrier to trap heat and block it from entering your home. This helps regulate your home’s interior temperature and enhance energy efficiency, which will inevitably lead to greater energy savings.

Attics are prone to drafts and leaks where air can easily escape, making them a top contributor to thermal loss. This results in temperature fluctuations that can be avoided with adequate insulation.

Installing Attic Insulation

There are a range of insulation options used for attics. A professional will assess your attic’s current state, and if you already have insulation that’s not achieving the intended results, they’ll carefully remove it or retrofit your new insulation by adding it on top.

The recommended types of insulation for attics include:

  • Fiberglass is made of tiny glass fibers and can be used for attics, walls and crawl spaces.
  • Loose-fill (blown-in fiberglass or cellulose) and batt insulation are common choices for attic insulation.
  • Blown-in fiberglass insulation stops heat transfer effectively, making it a good option for attics.
  • Cellulose insulation is an environmentally friendly option similar to fiberglass insulation.
  • Spray foam insulation is ideal for attics as it effectively fills holes and wraps around tight spaces near piping, wiring, ductwork and more.

Choose IBP Portland for Attic Insulation in Portland, OR

Installed Building Products Portland has the right tools to ensure your home’s attic is equipped to be a barrier to the summer heat.

We’re confident in our ability to deliver fast, reliable and satisfying results with each service. Our technicians are highly trained to tackle new installations and retrofit projects.

Call 503-894-7661 to learn more about IBP Portland’s insulation services and schedule an appointment today.

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