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It depends on where you live and what comfort level you are looking for. In Maryland and Virginia, the recommended minimum R-value is R38 for attics. To learn more, check out the Department of Energy’s guide to insulation: Guide To Insulation
No! A big benefit of blown-in insulation is that it can be blown on top of existing insulation in your home, saving you money by utilizing what is already there. The only reason we would recommend removing existing insulation is if it has been contaminated by feces from mice, bats, or other wildlife.
First we will remove any existing pests from your attic. Once all pests are out of your attic, we will seal up your attic so they cannot reenter again. Then we will remove your contaminated insulation, sanitize as needed, and then install new insulation.
Energy savings through lower heatingandA/C bills. Poorly insulated attics will allow hot air from attics in the summer to warm your home which makes your A/C run more. Conversely, in the winter, heat will escape from your home up through the attic making your heating system run more. Properly insulated attics are one of the best ways to make your home more energy efficient and save money on your utility bills.