Insulation provides a thermal barrier for your home, helping slow heat transfer to keep you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Over time, however, most insulation types lose their effectiveness and need to be replaced in order to keep your home comfortable and energy efficient.
Why Does Insulation Need to be Removed?
There are three main reasons to have your attic’s insulation removed, including:
Many homes in the greater St. Cloud area have fiberglass insulation in the attic. Fiberglass isn’t the best insulator to begin with and it only becomes less effective. In fact, it can lose about 50% of its stated R-value or thermal resistance when temperatures in the attic rise over 140°F or when it’s below 20°F outdoors. This only causes your air conditioner or furnace to run over time, resulting in discomfort and high energy bills year-round.
Air leaks throughout your home waste energy by allowing conditioned air to leak out and outdoor air to come in. Especially during the summer and winter, you’ll notice drafts and remain uncomfortable, regardless of what your thermostat is saying. To effectively seal air leaks, attic insulation needs to be removed. Once your attic is air sealed with closed-cell spray foam insulation, you’ll notice improvements in comfort, energy efficiency, and home health.
You might not want to think about it, but mice, bats, and other pests might be making your attic their home. By getting rid of existing, pest-infested insulation, you’ll be able to make improve your home’s indoor air quality and have peace of mind that pesky critters aren’t making your home theirs anymore.
RetroGreen’s Insulation Removal Process
At RetroGreen Energy, our expert team has a refined attic insulation removal process. We first use a high-powered vacuum designed specifically for insulation removal to eliminate any existing insulation. All the old insulation is carefully placed in a dumpster covered with netting, so no dust or remnants make their way into your yard or the rest of the neighborhood.
Spray Foam Attic Insulation
We then thoroughly insulate the attic with spray foam. In addition to offering high thermal resistance, spray foam conforms to every space, filling in tiny gaps and cracks. Therefore, spray foam in your attic plays two roles — it air seals and insulates. Our team of professionals are certified and trained in proper application so you can be sure that we use the ideal amount to optimize your home’s energy efficiency, comfort, and indoor air quality.
In many older homes across the greater Minneapolis region, attics may still contain asbestos. In the case that your home’s attic has Perlite or Vermiculite insulation, we will not remove it, but simply encapsulate it. For a fraction of the cost of an abatement contractor, we will apply spray foam over the existing insulation to create an effective air and thermal barrier. Once completed, you will see an improvement in your home’s comfort and efficiency while protecting your family’s health.
What to Expect After Attic Insulation Removal
After your attic insulation removal from RetroGreen Energy, you can expect the following benefits:
Lowered Energy Bills
Prior to removing your attic’s insulation, we may conduct a blower door test to measure air leakage. After removal and the application of spray foam, we can then perform another test. Most homes experience a 30-80% reduction in air leakage. Which then effectively translates to reduced strain and reliance on your HVAC systems, helping you lower your bills.
Improved Indoor Air Quality
By removing any pests that had made your attic their home and addressing moisture problems with proper air sealing and ventilation, you won’t have animal droppings or attic mold polluting your home’s air. With improved indoor air quality following attic insulation removal, you and your family will be able to breathe easier.
The attic is one of the most important spots in the house when it comes to proper insulation. With expertly applied spray foam insulation from the RetroGreen team, your entire home will be more comfortable throughout the whole year, and any problems like an upstairs that was always too hot in the summer will be cured.
RetroGreen Energy: St. Cloud, MN Area Insulation Removal Specialists
Don’t let your attic keep you from living in a healthy, energy efficient, and comfortable home. With expert attic insulation removal and certified spray foam installation, we can help improve your home for good!