The Importance of Air Sealing Attics Before Insulation - South Portland, ME - Rook Energy Solutions

The Importance of Air Sealing Attics Before Insulation - South Portland, ME - Rook Energy Solutions

When choosing to insulate an attic, one of the important questions to ask:  is insulation just being blown over the existing insulation, or is insulation removal and air sealing included in the estimate? With minimal air sealing, and adding insulation over existing material without air sealing first, homeowners will not got the results they desire and their retrofit can fall well short of being truly effective for the life of the improvement.

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Basement & Attic Insulation| Ranch Style Home | Biddeford, ME | Rook Energy Solutions

Basement & Attic Insulation| Ranch Style Home | Biddeford, ME | Rook Energy Solutions

UPDATE: This home was weatherized in 2012 - the home owner has reported ~30% savings annually from their pre-weatherization heating bills.

This small ranch in Biddeford offered many of the same issues that we regularly see in a New England home; excessive fiberglass insulation with mismanaged airflow leading to devalued insulation. The home owner complained of ice damming issues, drafty spots, and high energy bills.

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Attic Insulation | Spray Foam Insulation | Portland, ME | Rook Energy Solutions

Attic Insulation | Spray Foam Insulation | Portland, ME | Rook Energy Solutions

This case study focuses on cathedral ceiling solutions due to ice dams and water damage from low quality insulation, mismanaged airflow and devalued insulation.

This clients primary concerns for having an Energy Audit and subsequent Weatherization solutions were improving overall energy inefficiencies and seasonal comforts. Like many other home owners, they new their home was insulated with ample amounts of fiberglass batting, they just couldn't understand why there home was hot in the summer, cold in the winter, and why their bills were so high. They even installed a metal roof as they were tired of dealing with ice damming issues.

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