Home Inspections from A to Z: Insulation

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Flags to Look out for Regarding you Attics Insulation

Episode 9 of "Home Inspections from A to Z"

In this episode of Home Inspections from A to Z we take a look at possible flags surrounding your attic insulation.

Insulating your attic can help prevent air from escaping the house and stop outside air from coming in.

Insulating your attic can help prevent air from escaping the house and stop outside air from coming in.

Although you may not see it on a daily basis, your attic insulation is important to the functioning of your home. A properly insulated attic can reduce your home's energy consumption, stabilize the indoor temperatures of your home year-round, reduce your monthly electric bills, and so much more! 

This is NOT what your insulation should look like. Paper facing should always face toward the inside of the home.

This is NOT what your insulation should look like. Paper facing should always face toward the inside of the home.

A common flag we see reported in home inspections is ‘upside down insulation’, which can lead to a number of issues. Paper moisture barriers can provide an important level of protection between insulation and the ceiling below it. When insulation is improperly placed or ‘upside down’ this can cause issues with molding and structural deterioration. Also, creating fire hazards due to the flammable paper being exposed. This is an issue you might be able to fix on your own, by simply flipping your insulation over the correct way. However, signs of flatness or deterioration will result in adding new or completely replacing your attic insulation. 

Canned Lights or Recessed Lights help to add a contemporary feel to your home.

Canned Lights or Recessed Lights help to add a contemporary feel to your home.

Another common flag is the insulation surrounding your canned lighting. “Can lights”, commonly known as recessed lights, help to add a contemporary feel to your home. Instead of hanging from the outside of the ceiling, can lights are installed through your ceiling so that their back is extended into the attic. It is important to properly install insulation in your ceiling at least 6 inches away from Can Lighting, to avoid overheating and fire hazards. Insulation compatibles or IC can also help to maintain proper temperatures and protect your can lighting.


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