You may have an older home built in the 60's, 70's, or even 80's with that beautiful original insulation still working away in your attic. You may have had a peek at it and been reminded of some landscape out of a bad dream... you may have even been able to see your studs popping above the insulation. As Phoenix home energy auditors, we often get asked, "does my attic insulation need to be removed before you install new insulation?" Well we are here to tell you that 95% of the time the answer is no, it does not need to be removed. Even though it may look like sand or have more dust in it than your old record collection, it still has its insulation properties, however diminished they may be. By simply adding the appropriate insulation type on top (or sometimes beneath) your existing insulation, our energy improvement technicians can get your attic super insulated and help make a more comfortable home.
So when would you need to have your attic insulation removed, or extracted as we say in the biz. There are times when removing that old insulation should be done and is recommended, and they are listed below.
Those are the only two reasons why your insulation should be extracted from your attic, however there are other arguments that merit mention here.
Do you have any opinions on insulation removal or have you done it before? Leave us your comments below to share your story.
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