What is R-value and why do I care?
R-value is the measure of resistance to heat. It is the value that is used to measure an insulation material’s resistance to conductive heat flow. Higher R-values correspond to greater heat flow resistance and therefore greater insulating power. The R-value depends on the type of insulation, its thickness and its density.
As of November 1, 2016 the building code for attic insulation increased to R-50, which means more energy efficient homes. For more information on the building codes have a look at this website: http://www.municipalaffairs.alberta.ca/CP_Energy_Codes_Information.
You are probably asking yourself, “How much insulation do I have in my attic?” or “Do I need to upgrade my attic insulation?” Let me ask you a question, “Do you want to save energy and money?” If the answer is yes then you do need to upgrade your attic insulation. You would be surprised at how many home owners do not know the answer to this question but feel the effects in their home when temperature drop to -30 degrees Celsius.
I have a personal experience to share with you. Our home is 25 years old and my son’s bedroom is against the garage and it is often very cold during the winter months. With having busy lives making other families homes more energy efficient we neglected our own. My husband finally had the chance to add some rigid insulation to the wall between the garage and the bedroom and upgrade the garage attic with John’s Manville Climate Pro, which is a fiber glass blow in insulation. I noticed the change in the bedroom temperature immediately. I’m looking forward to seeing our next heating bill.
If crawling up into your attic is not your thing, I have good news. Energy Savers Insulation will do that for you for FREE! We will also provide a quote on upgrading your insulation.