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Save Money This Winter with Home Insulation Services

In a world of current uncertainty, finding ways to cut back on costs is crucial for many of us. Making the most of home insulation services may not be the most obvious choice. It is, however, a great chance to save the pennies and stay cozy this winter.

Here at SoDak Insulation, we are dedicated to helping our customers secure their homes — even on a budget. Why not get in touch before the winter months hit, and see how our free estimate could help you stay snug and secure?

What Are Home Insulation Services?

As the name suggests, the term ‘home insulation services’ refers to available options to help you insulate your home. This concept helps keep the property warmer by reducing heat loss and helps make your home more energy-efficient.

For many of us, staying warm accounts for a large percentage of our energy bills. A surprising amount of heat is lost each year through inadequate insulation. Research from the US Department of Energy confirms that 49% of energy consumption is used to heat or cool homes. Over time, this can lead to some very high bills.

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Do I Need Home Insulation?

You should start by checking the current situation, by removing electrical outlets or unfinished surfaces to check for existing insulations. There are a few signs which may indicate that your home could benefit from additional insulation:

  • Very high power bills when heating or cooling
  • Icicles on the rooftop in the winter months
  • Drafts — usually around a window or dryer vent
  • Fluctuating temperatures between rooms — this could show an issue in a particular area of the home.

 

What Are My Options?

Home insulation services offer several different varieties of insulation and insulation materials. The type of insulation you choose will ultimately depend on your own setup and the areas in your home which most require attention.

Attic Insulation

Attic insulation is one of the most common ways to boost your overall home insulation. The roof comprises an enormous area of your home, and it is situated at the top of the house. As we know, heat rises, which means that most heat lost will be at the top of the house — from the attic. 

Most home insulation services will start with this part of the house, as it can have the most dramatic impact on reducing energy costs. There are two main options available, depending on your type of attic. The easiest is designed for an unfinished space and simply requires you to add layers to your flooring on top of the existing material.

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The second option is to finish the attic and place insulation against the roof. This is the more useful option in most cases as it provides complete insulation. Additionally, if the heating and cooling ducts pass through this space or are in a humid client, roof insulation is the way to go.

When it comes to getting the work done, there are two solutions. Those looking to cut costs can go the DIY route — in which case take care not to compress the material. Alternatively, it is possible to hire professional insulation contractors. 

The latter will often open you up to better materials, such as cellulose insulation or fiberglass, which can fit crevices more snugly. Most home insulation services and contractors will also spray foam polyethylene on the roof. This process helps block water and molds to the shape of the rafters.

Wall Insulation

Wall insulation is perhaps the most popular option once the attic has been taken care of and is one of the popular insulation solutions. As a bonus, it is usually fast and relatively painless, especially in stud bays. Once again, cellulose and fiberglass insulation are the most popular, while rock wool also works well.

It should be noted that if your walls are already insulated, you will need to remove drywall and plaster to add more. This can drive up costs and reduce any potential savings. If you are in this situation, there are other home insulation services you can take advantage of, such as attics and crawl spaces.

Crawl Spaces

Did you know you can make the most of your crawl space by using it to cut down on energy bills? Up to 30% of all energy loss can occur at the bottom of your house, making this a must for insulation. 

There are two main options here: walls or floors. In the former, the crawl space is treated as an outdoor area and insulated beneath the floor. In the former, the focus is on the walls.

Though the latter is less common, it is cheaper. The process involves closing all exterior vents — except any needed for any exhaust or combustion air — and insulating the walls. The space is then treated as though it is indoors, and less material is required. The walls can then be finished to neatly hide any insulation.

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What Will I Save?

Home insulation services put off some homeowners due to cost, and this is a valid concern. In particular, the attic can prove a costly project and may command a bill of $1000 – $2000 if done correctly and with the best material.

However, there are estimates that the average homeowner can make savings of 15% on heating and cooling costs. This translates as an impressive 11% of the total energy costs by merely adding adequate insulation. 

This can add up to savings of around $200 per year — and the figures increase in colder areas. Climate zones six and seven can see savings of up to 20%, making this a worthwhile investment.

The long-term future is also positive; houses with the correct insulation can often command a higher price on the market. This is good news if you decide to sell. Home insulation services are seen as an investment in the property and attractive to buyers.

In addition to the financial benefits, adding insulation to your home means that it is a more comfortable and pleasant place to be. You will be able to enjoy the space all year round, with no fluctuations in temperature or high energy bills. 

This is a chance to remain cozy in the winter and cool in the summer. As an added bonus, many homeowners report that insulation also offers noise protection, allowing you much needed peace and quiet.

How Can We Help?

Here at SoDak Insulation, we know a thing or two about home insulation! We are keen to help our customers enjoy their homes comfortably and in the most cost-effective manner. Better still, we have the secret weapon to help you achieve this. Reach out today for a free estimate, and prepare to start enjoying your home once more.

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Why You Want to Insulate Your Attic Roof

If you head up into your attic, you’ll probably notice insulation on the attic floor. We’ve got a few sound reasons why it’s also a good idea to insulate your attic roof.

SoDak Insulation specializes in insulating attic roofs in existing homes. If you’re preparing to sell your home, have attic pests like bats, or want energy savings in the coming seasons, contact us for a free, no-obligation inspection report.

We’ll ensure your insulation is clean, effective, and safe for maximum home comfort and efficiency.

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First, clear the decks

In any insulation scenario, it’s essential to be able to see what’s going on. If you have boxes, bins, and “stuff” in general in your attic, do what you can to clear it away. 

Laying boards across the joists limits your ability to add insulation where necessary and also limits your attic versatility for the future. For example, if you ever want to finish your attic space to add to your functional living areas, the items stored in your attic must go.

What is conventional attic insulation?

Most homeowners employ attic floor insulation in their houses. There are different types of insulation available on the market, and it’s essential to check your insulation regularly. Especially if you notice your heating and cooling bills creeping up, a poorly insulated attic could be the culprit.

Further, if and when you decide to convert your attic floor insulation to insulate the attic roof, you must know the type, age, and condition of your existing material. Insulation removal can be tricky or present safety hazards.

What type of insulation do you have in your attic currently? It may fit into one of these categories:

  1. Loose-fill: This insulation was likely sprayed into your floorboards, and contains one or more of the following materials.
    • Cellulose (fire and insect resistant fibers generated from post-consumer paper)
    • Mineral wool (rock or recycled slag fibers)
  2. Batting: These are rolls of material that may or may not come backed with foil or paper to serve as a vapor barrier. They come in:
    • Fiberglass (made from sand or recycled glass and spun into fibers)
    • Cellulose (not quite as common in batts as in loose-fill)
    • Mineral wool (same ingredients as above, and naturally fire-resistant)
    • Cotton (old denim cloth recycles down into these insulating fibers)

It’s crucial to recognize the type of insulation you have now. If your home went up before the 1990s, you’ll need to check for asbestos-based insulation in your attic. 

When you view your insulation, look for loose fill material that appears light-weight and grainy, with small, shiny flecks. This type of insulation could be vermiculite, which could contain asbestos. 

Have a professional help you inspect and remove this type of loose-fill particles.

Why insulate attic roofs?

When you insulate your attic roof, you expand your home’s utility. With attic roof insulation, you can finish off the attic space for:

  • Conditioned, temp-controlled storage
  • Additional bedroom space
  • More living space
  • A dedicated home office
  • Children’s playspace

 

When you want your attic to function as a usable part of your home, you must elevate the insulation from the attic floor to the roof.

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How do I insulate my attic roof?

The types and amount of insulation vary by material and region. Here’s a guide to getting started.

  1. Determine your recommended R-values: Each climate region has different insulation requirements. The weather extremes (long periods of freezing temps) mean higher R-values. In the colder northern climate of South Dakota and surrounding areas, R-49 is the minimum. 
  2. Remove over-the-joist boards and storage items. Even if you’ll use your attic space for storage again, getting everything out to access the existing insulation must occur.
  3. Remove existing insulation: Yes, you could DIY this chore, but it’s simple and cost-effective to outsource this task to a pro. If you have bat guano or other pest droppings, mold, moisture, or you suspect asbestos; an experienced insulation installer is the way to go. When you hire a professional, you offload the risk to your safety, the need to purchase special equipment, and the hassle of insulation disposal.
  4. Determine your attic insulation material.

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Options for attic roof insulation

It makes sense that loose-fill insulation is NOT a fit for attic roofs. So, where does that leave you? Here are the best choices for attic roof insulation.

Rigid foam panels: These panels provide a moisture and air barrier, and can install between attic rafters or just below them. They provide a light-weight, finished-looking option and versatile utility. Joints must be sealed with tape or joined with spray foam to ensure a proper tight vapor seal.

Foam panels come in several varieties, including EP (expanded polystyrene), EXP (Extruded Polystyrene), and ISO (Polyisocyanurate).  All have different applications and R-values, so check with a professional installer for the best option for your project.

Spray foam: Made of polyurethane, this flexible attic insulation choice goes into any tight space and expands to fit correctly. You’ll have an instant moisture and air barrier between the roof rafters. For extra attic living space, this is a great option. 

You must cover the foam with drywall to meet fire safety codes after spraying. Spray foam also provides a high R-value for maximum energy efficiency.

Trust the professional installers at SoDak Insulation

In the age of DIY, it’s certainly possible to install your attic insulation on your own. However, pest messes, mold, and suspect materials aren’t fun to address for any homeowner. 

When you consider finishing your attic for conditioned storage or extra living space, it’s wise to trust a team of experienced professionals to complete the project for you. 

SoDak Insulation’s team of seasoned insulation specialists can handle any attic insulation task with ease and precision. We’ll tackle the most massive attic messes as well as recommend the attic roof insulation products that best fit your goals for the attic space. Our installations are tidy, timely, and cost-saving season on season.

Visit our website today to schedule a free, no-obligation inspection. We’re excited to be your partner in insulation that keeps your home comfortable and versatile for years to come.

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Heat Loss and Attic Insulation

Having enough insulation in your attic is a lot like wearing a hat in the winter. Your stocking cap doesn’t just warm your head; it makes your whole body toasty warm. A well-insulated attic prevents heat loss and helps keep your entire home cozy.

Warm air rises. If your attic isn’t adequately insulated, the heat meant for your home will float right out of your house.

Don’t suffer through another frigid winter in a drafty house. Contact SoDak Insulation for a free inspection today. 

How Does Insulation Work?

Have you ever wondered how that hat on your head made such a difference on cold days? 

The heat your body makes leaches out to the air around you. When you get cold, your blood vessels constrict to keep more heat in the center of your body. 

But the blood vessels in your head don’t constrict like the ones in your fingers and toes; they have to keep good blood flow to your brain. So, those blood vessels lose more heat — unless you wear a hat, of course. 

Okay, biology lesson over. What does this have to do with insulation? 

Think of the living space of your house as though it was your head. It needs to stay warm and to flow smoothly; there’s important stuff in there. 

house in winter with cozy scarf and hat to prevent heat loss

Your attic is like a hat for your house. If you don’t have one, or only have minimal insulation, you’ll experience a lot of heat loss. 

Just like a knit stocking cap, a thick, fluffy layer of insulation will slow heat loss by trapping air. The air trapped in the insulation gains heat but keeps it from rising further because it isn’t bouncing around with cooler air molecules. 

Heat travels from warmer spaces to colder spaces until the temperature is the same throughout. But when insulation blocks airflow in your attic and walls, the air temperature only normalizes within that space. 

The result: you aren’t heating the whole neighborhood. 

Heat loss increases your bills. 

Insulation is measured in R-value. The R-value of insulation measures how well a material blocks heat transfer. Insulation with higher R-value blocks heat better than the same amount of insulation with a lower R-value. 

The higher your R-value, the toastier your home will feel while using the least energy. The Department of Energy states homes in South Dakota should be insulated to R-60 for maximum energy efficiency.

If your home was built in the 1970s or earlier, it probably doesn’t have adequate insulation. Building standards in the 1970s and 1980s required insulating to R-12. 

The EPA estimates that a typical South Dakota home could lower heating and cooling bills by 18% by adding insulation. If your heating bill is typically about $100 per month, you could expect to save an average of about $18 a month after adding insulation. 

If you spent $500 on your insulation project, you could expect your lower monthly expenses to make up for that in about 28 months. 

insulation in an attic to prevent heat loss

How Do I Know If I Have Enough Insulation?

Your home should feel comfortable. If you set your thermostat lower to decrease bills, you may want to wear a sweater. That’s normal. 

But if you find yourself kicking the heat up another notch, and then another, your home may be suffering from heat loss. 

Grab your step stool and touch the ceiling. Does it feel cold to the touch? If your ceiling feels like an ice cube, you probably don’t have enough insulation. 

Take a look at your roof after a snowfall. Do you have an ice shelf covering your gutters? Attics that are poorly insulated will melt the snow on the roof. That melted snow runs down the roof until it gets near the edge. 

The roof over the eaves is colder because it doesn’t have attic heat warming it. So, the water refreezes there, creating a smooth, thick ice barrier. 

As more snow melts and drips down, it reaches the ice dam and refreezes. Because ice takes up more space than water, the newly refrozen ice pushes its way back up the roof. If you have shingles, the ice can push its way under them, causing damage. 

Ice dams are a sure sign that too much heat is escaping your home. 

ice on roof and gutters

Can You Ever Have Too Much Insulation?

You want your home to be snug against the winter winds. Your home is your safe, happy place. It should feel like sitting around a fireplace with a mug of cocoa in your hand. 

But can your home be too snug? Is there such a thing as too cozy? 

Insulation with high R-value acts to keep your home’s heat in place. If you already have enough insulation to accomplish that, adding more will not improve the feel of your home or the dollar amount on your heating bills. 

The goal of insulation is to seal the interior of your home, keeping your heat inside. However, installation errors combined with excess layers of insulation can trap moisture in between the layers. 

When moisture sits for an extended period of time, it can cause mold. Mold can be dispersed in the air, affecting air quality and causing allergic reactions in the people living in the home. 

If your insulation has mold, hire a professional to remove it safely. Moldy insulation cannot be cleaned. 

Your Home is Your Sanctuary. Keep It Comfortable and Efficient With the Right Insulation.

Minimize heat loss in your home by making sure you have enough attic insulation. Don’t want to crawl around in your attic? Contact SoDak Insulation today for a free inspection. We’ll check the quality of your current insulation and make recommendations to maximize your home’s efficiency. 

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How Mold and Mildew are Related to Attic Insulation

As homeowners (or potential homeowners), we hear all the time about the dangers of mold in bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. Did you know that mold and mildew in the attic may also be a concern? 

Homeowners and home buyers should include the attic area in their mold inspections. If you find mold in your attic, the cause and cure may be simpler and less expensive than you think.

Contact SoDak Insulation for a free, comprehensive attic inspection when you’re ready to buy or sell your home. Our professional team is diligent, timely, and transparent with all our clients.

We’ll detail all your attic mold remediation options and find the plan best suited to your budget, closing deadlines, and health.

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How mold grows in an attic

The whole point of insulation in the attic is to help heat stay in your house, so that it doesn’t reach the roof. If your attic insulation works properly, it prevents the radiant heat from your home from escaping through the roof. 

With a properly installed vapor barrier and thick, deep insulation, any moisture from the house stops in its tracks before it hits the attic. Moisture is the breeding ground for mold, so ensuring a dry attic space is paramount to mold prevention.

Mold in the attic typically forms on top of the insulation surface, not below it or embedded in mounds of sprayed fibers. Here’s how that happens. (Hint: it’s not what you may assume.)

When moist air from your attic meets cool or cold roof sheathing, condensation occurs. Mold grows in moist areas, but cannot gain a foothold without a food source. Since most attic insulation does not “feed” mold, any spores that grow likely come from the roof sheathing instead. 

If you see mold spores on the surface of your insulation, they probably dropped in from the roof sheathing. Of course, an inspection will tell you if your attic mold is more systemic than on the insulation surface.

Treating mold in your attic

Once you determine the source of the mold spores in your attic, remediation can be relatively simple. If you discover mold spores on the roof sheathing, that’s where you’ll focus your cleaning efforts.

Applying a mildewcide to any mold-covered areas on the roof kills the spores and can prevent new ones from forming. You can usually apply the same chemical to the insulation surface to kill any active spores.

Here’s some good news. Mold and mildew in the attic typically don’t pose a threat to your health. Why? Because the “stacking effect” of your attic insulation prevents surface mold from migrating into the rest of your home.

So, once you’ve treated the mold source, you may not need to replace any insulation. If you have extensive mold in your roof, and consequently, a thicker coating of mold on your insulation, you may decide to replace it.

A full insulation clean-out is certainly an option, but you could potentially choose to replace the top couple of inches of fibers only.

Remember, it’s crucial to keep the materials surrounding your insulation mold-free to ensure a pristine insulation surface. 

Reducing moisture in the attic

If you discover mold on your roof sheathing, you can take several measures to dry out your attic and reduce the potential for mold and mildew.

    1. Clear all attic vents. Improper installation and settling may cause attic insulation to block the vents in your attic. Proper air flow is paramount to maintaining a dry, mold-free environment. Ensuring your attic vents remain unblocked with regular checks can help you avoid the moisture that grows mildew.
    2. Ensure proper levels of insulation: Having a “just right” amount of attic insulation is an essential piece of your ambient attic humidity and temperature. Too much or too little can create conditions ripe for condensation to occur.
  • Seal all bathroom and kitchen vents into the attic. Since bathroom and kitchen air is notoriously moist, you must make sure to seal it off from attic air. In fact, new building standards recommend restricting the use of bathroom and kitchen vents through the attic. To ensure that warm moist “home” air does not mix with cooler attic air and condensate, fewer holes between the two environments make sense.
  • Inspect and maintain your roof. Since your roof is your first line of moisture defense, a leaky one isn’t doing its job. Visually inspect your roof each season for items like curling shingles, rotted fascia boards, large and small debris, and visible holes. Pay close attention to the seams around chimneys and skylights, as those are prime spots for leaks to develop. Of course, you’ll also want to check for water damage on the walls and ceilings of your home. It’s a good idea to have a professional help you inspect your roof completely and safely. You should check your roof each year, and after severe storms. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for ice dams during the winter months.
  1. Install a dehumidifier. Once you’ve addressed all of the structural prevention measures for mold and mildew in the attic, you can keep your space dry as the seasons dictate. During an especially wet spring or summer, a dehumidifier can help ensure that conditions don’t deteriorate in your attic.

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Help! I have mold and mildew in my attic. What now?

Remember that most mold problems in the attic remain on the insulation surface and don’t pose a threat to your health. However, it IS essential to address the mold and mildew causes with the help of a professional.

If you’re concerned about mold and mildew in the attic, contact the professional team at SoDak insulation. We will perform a free attic inspection, and offer our best guidance for how to proceed. 

We’ll recommend only the remediation you need. (i.e., if you don’t need to replace all of your insulation, we’ll tell you as much.) Plus, we can help you pinpoint the root cause of moisture in the attic so you can address it quickly and safely.

Though mold on your insulation may not pose an immediate health threat, it’s crucial to address it swiftly. Not only can you preserve the quality of your insulation, but you may also save significant money on massive repairs in the future. 

Visit the SoDak website today to set up your free, no-obligation home visit. Our team embraces safer service delivery guidelines in our socially-distanced “new normal.” We’re excited to help you keep your home a sanctuary of lasting peace of mind and comfort.

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Save Money with Attic Insulation

When it comes to protecting your home, ensuring that you have adequate attic insulation is vital. We all know how this can help keep your home safe and secure, as well as regulating temperature. Did you know, however, that you could also save money with attic insulation?

Taking time to ensure that your attic insulation is top quality can reap significant financial rewards down the line. Read on to see how you could save, and the benefits to your everyday life!

Reduce your utility bills.

Energy bills are a great way to save money with attic insulation, and play a crucial part in saving cash. The average home spends between 50% and 70% of its energy on heating and cooling – insulation can really help.

The main area to prioritize here is the attic space. If this area is under-insulated or lacks insulation, you will need to spend more regulating temperatures.

Research shows homeowners can enjoy a saving of 15% of heating and cooling costs. This can be achieved simply by ensuring that your attic is adequately insulated. Depending on your lifestyle, family size, home, and heating system, this could equate to savings of $780 per year.

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Maximize the efficiency of your systems.

You could also save money with attic insulation by improving the efficiency of heating and cooling systems. Even modern homes, with top-quality systems, can suffer from fluctuations in temperature if they are not adequately insulated. Temperatures may change drastically between floors, or suddenly become very hot or cold, at the slightest change in temperature outside.

If you notice a difference in temperature of between 10 and 15 degrees between floors, take this as a warning. Such a significant difference is a sign that your insulation is inadequate. Heat rises to the top of the house – usually to the bedrooms.

As a result, you are more likely to spend time and money trying to cool these rooms. Over the year, this can seriously increase your energy bills.

Older homes are also important here if you are looking to save money with attic insulation. By their very nature, these structures tend to be draughtier, with cracks and crevices for energy to escape.

As a result, your heating or cooling equipment will have to work twice as hard to keep the temperature consistent. If the ductwork in your home runs through the attic space, this can also have an impact.

Poor insulation here will also prevent the heat from being transported evenly through your home. This can then result in temperature disparities between levels. 

The less efficient your insulation, the harder your equipment will have to work. The increased wear and tear can cause your unit to wear out more quickly. Replacing the system time and again can prove expensive. Increased pressure can also result in breakdowns as the HVAC works harder; again, these costs can quickly add up.

Keep your home safe, reducing long-term costs.

Another way to save money with attic insulation is to reduce your outgoings. Insulating your attic helps reduce energy bills, but it can also improve general safety and security. 

Heat and moisture can damage your home when allowed to build up over time, as water vapor erodes the walls. Eventually, this can result in damp and mold issues, both of which thrive in moist, dark, cool spaces.

If your attic is allowed to get too hot, this can cause swelling and cracking to shingles on the surface. An attic that is at the wrong temperature also allows ice dams to build up and form.

These occur when snow melts and then refreezes on the edge of the roof. Over time, this leads to a build-up in pressure and can cause serious structural damage to the roof.

The cost of replacing the entire roof is not insignificant. Even smaller repairs such as tiles and shingles can add up over time. By keeping your roof at the optimum temperature, you reduce the risk of these issues. An investment now has the potential to save you money on expensive repairs.

Pests and animals may also enter your home through poor insulation, and can do a lot of damage. They may create nests, leave behind droppings (or guano) or cause structural problems. High-quality insulation helps remove their point of entry and can keep the attic space more secure.

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Improve air quality

Many of us spend a great deal of money on air purifiers, in an attempt to keep our air fresh. There is another solution. However, investing in good quality insulation can help achieve this goal for a lower overall price.

Poor insulation often contains cracks and gaps, and these can allow pollutants from outside to enter the home. Dust, mildew, dirt, and mold, can all make their way into your home, along with any number of airborne toxins. Over time, this can have a detrimental impact on the health and wellbeing of your family.

While dedicated air purifiers can really help with this, they can be very expensive to run on a daily basis. If you require constant refreshing and purification, the costs can add up. Secure, durable insulation can, however, lock down any gaps and prevent leaks.

In turn, this will remove the space for pollutants to enter, allowing easier breathing and cleaner air for everyone. A great way to stay healthy while allowing you to save money with attic insulation.

What Can You Do?

Are you are looking to increase comfort, boost air quality, and save money? If so, your attic insulation could be a great place to start. By making a single, seemingly simple change, you could enjoy significant benefits for quality of life and your finances.

Here at SoDak Insulation, we make it our mission to ensure that your attic is safe, secure, and comfortable. These goals start by ensuring you are equipped with the best quality insulation.

Our team have worked in homes across South Dakota, and are keen to help you save money with attic insulation. Why not get in touch today, and see how we could help!

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How Bats and Rodents Can Harm Your Insulation

Bats love houses as much as people do. If given a chance, they will happily move into your attic space. The quiet, dark, relatively warm area is like a man-made cave. 

Bats can fit through an opening as small as ⅜”. Bats can enter your home through gaps around windows, soffits, and sometimes even take up residence behind the shutters. 

To get and keep bats out of your house, you need professional help. A good exterminator will make sure your home is sealed tight. 

Once the bats are locked out, you’ll want to repair any damage they may have done. Again, this is not a do-it-yourselfer job. Even if you aren’t put off by the thought of removing piles of bat guano, consider the fact that those disgusting piles can also harbor disease.

If you save money cleaning your attic only to spend it on medical bills, that isn’t a win.

Don’t try to take care of this yourself. Contact SoDak Insulation for more information about getting your home back to pre-bat condition. They’ll customize a plan that fits your needs.

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How Do Bats and Rodents Damage Your Insulation?

Most rodents chew through everything. Rats and mice will chew through walls, insulation, and even electrical wires. 

Bats are not like other rodents. They may push through gaps or rotted siding to gain entry. But they don’t chew their way in like rats. 

So, if bats don’t do damage by chewing, what do they do?

They poop. Unfortunately, even chewing pests poop.

Bats and rodents poop a lot. In fact, controlling for their size, bats poop more than any other mammal. Bats in your attic will quickly result in large amounts of bat guano. 

The smell of all that feces will permeate the entire house. 

Because the guano is protected from the elements (by your house), it won’t decompose the way it would outside. It will release moisture, which can soak through your insulation, ceiling, and walls. 

All that nasty moisture from urine and feces can pool and puddle, running down walls and ductwork. It can cause visible staining on walls and ceilings.

The guano piles get heavier as they grow. Enough guano can buckle ventilation ducting. 

As though that weren’t nasty enough, the guano can also be home to bacteria and parasites. 

Histoplasmosis is a fungal infection. The fungus lives in bat guano, and spores float up into the air when the guano is disturbed. If you breathe in the spores, you can get very sick. 

They can make you and your pets sick. People are often allergic to rodent dander. Bats can also have parasites on their bodies, called bat bugs. 

Are There Bats or Rodents in Your Attic?

If you don’t inspect your attic on a regular basis (and who does?), you probably won’t know about uninvited guests until signs of them reach your living space.  

Keep an eye out for these signs of an infestation:

  • You or your pets may hear them. Dogs and other household pets often have more sensitive hearing than humans, so pay attention if they seem to be pointing at a wall or ceiling. If you hear scratching or squeaking, check your attic or have a professional check it.
  • You can smell feces or ammonia. If bats or rodents are using your attic as a bathroom, the odor will eventually make its way through your whole house.
  • You see bats or rodents near your home.  If they appear to be flying and landing close to your house, or if you find dead bats or rodents on your property, it’s time for an inspection.

Bats like to burrow in your insulation. They travel toward the heated surface, such as the floor of your attic, since the ceiling underneath is in a heated space. 

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So, How Do We Fix This Problem? 

Before worrying about clean-up, the bats and rodents need to be evicted.

If you know how they are accessing the space, you can apply an exclusion door. This will allow the bats to leave but not to come back in.

Take a piece of netting that is big enough to loosely cover the point of entry. Tack down the netting across the top and sides, but leave the bottom loose. 

The bats will be able to fly out through the gap at the bottom, between the net and the house. When they return, they will not be able to get back in.

Make sure there are no gaps, rotten, or other potential entry points in your attic space, or you may find yourself with bats again.

If crawling around your attic and inspecting every inch of the space doesn’t appeal to you, consider hiring a professional.

After you’ve taken measures to make sure you won’t be hosting any more bats, your attic will need a thorough clean-up. 

  1. Protect yourself with a face mask, goggles, gloves, and long clothing. Remember the spores that you don’t want to inhale. Sweeping or using your home vacuum is not recommended.
  2. Use a sprayer to gently dampen the droppings. This will help keep the dust down.
  3. Clean the droppings with soapy water and paper towels or other cloth that you don’t mind throwing away.
  4. Disinfect all surfaces involved. Use a 10% bleach solution. Spray areas lightly and let the solution sit for ten minutes. Then rinse and dry.
  5. Insulation cannot be cleaned. Remove any contaminated insulation. Secure the insulation in garbage bags before removing it from your attic to avoid contaminating other areas of your house. 
  6. Dispose of the gloves, mask, and cleaning cloths, or wash them in very hot water. 
  7. Shower. You’re going to need it.

Getting rid of other rodents might be a whole other ordeal. A professional might be the best way to go.

After your attic is bat-proof and clean, you will need to replace the insulation the bats destroyed with new insulation. Insulating your attic is a more DIY-friendly project than evicting or cleaning up after bats. 

Don’t assume the DIY route is the least expensive or most efficient. Get a free inspection from SoDak Insulation. We are experienced at returning your home to pre-bat condition.

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Tips on Increasing Attic Insulation Efficiency

Attic insulation efficiency can be your best friend when it comes to lower heating and cooling bills year-round. Plus, when your home is more energy-efficient, you lower your carbon footprint, reduce energy use, and help to improve the environment.

It’s even more crucial in older homes to stay on top of attic insulation efficiency as the house continues to age. 

SoDak Insulation and Attic Restoration is your go-to source for attic insulation efficiency, especially if you’re preparing your home for the real estate market, or if your home has a few decades of memories under its belt.

Visit our website today for a complete description of our services, and a free inspection report.

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How Efficient is Your Insulation?

If your home went up before the 1970’s energy crisis, it’s likely your original insulation could use an update. 

Attic insulation efficiency uses a R-scale to measure effectiveness and quality. Homes built in the 1970’s or before typically show an R-11  or lower rating. Current insulation standards on newer homes require an R-38 or higher rating, depending on region and climate.

It’s a good idea to take a peek into your attic space and make several observations:

  • Note the condition of the current insulation. Are there bare patches or between the joists? Do you notice any evidence of pests like bats, mice, raccoons, or other critters? You’ll need a plan to clean up existing messes like bat guano before updating or adding to your insulation.
  • What type of insulation do you have? Grey material in small clusters is probably mineralized wool. You may also have insulation batting–the kind that comes in a large roll you cut to fit between your ceiling joists. You might also notice loose, clumpy material piled between your joists. This blown insulation comes in a variety of materials like fiberglass, or cellulose.
  • Discover whether there is a vapor barrier to guard against insulation water damage from condensation. This layer (if it exists in your home) should face the inside walls if you live in a cold, northern client like we do in South Dakota. The barrier should face the outside walls and roof if you live in a hotter, southern climate.
  • Look for the level of insulation present. If you can see your joists in any area, additional insulation will help you improve your energy efficiency. If the insulation covers all the joists generously (by a couple of inches), and is clean and dry, you may not increase your attic insulation efficiency with more product.

Check the Rest of Your Home to Ensure Attic Insulation Efficiency

Before replacing your attic insulation, check out other visible areas of your home. If you notice water stains on the ceilings or walls in your house (especially the second floor), that could indicate you do not have an effective vapor barrier in place.

On the outside of your house, if there are clear signs of critter break-ins, you may need to completely remove your installation, clean up pest messes, and ensure there are no entry points for future unwanted visitors.

Inspecting your house for these warning signs can help you address underlying issues before investing in new insulation. After all, you want the money you spend on attic insulation efficiency to keep earning you energy dividends, rather than merely band-aid-ing more significant problems.

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Attic Insulation Efficiency is Simple to Upgrade

Here’s some good news: as long as your existing insulation is clean and dry, installing new insulation can be a snap with the right professional help. 

In many homes, you may not have to remove your existing insulation to add a new product. Especially if you choose a blown-in option, your installer may be able to increase your R-values significantly by blowing in new fiber to supplement what’s already there.

Check with a professional insulation installer to find out if you can safely cover old insulation with a new product.

You have several insulation options from which to choose in most cases:

  • Spray insulation, like Green Fiber: This material is made of cellulose, and installed with a blower. It’s fast and neat to install, and can increase your insulation R-value up to 60. Bonus: you may also notice improved noise reduction in your home with this type of insulation. Though a vapor barrier is always a good idea, if this insulation is packed to a density of 2.6 lbs/cubic foot, you may not need one.
  • Fiberglass batting: Though easy to cut and place in your attic, this type of insulation has several disadvantages, including low efficiency performance and a high instance of installation mistakes. Vapor management may also be challenging with this type of insulation.
  • Loose-fill fiberglass spray: Though easy to install, the fill thickness can settle over time, and drop your R-value by as much as 50%. You’ll also need a vapor barrier for this type of insulation.
  • Spray foam: There are several different types of spray foam. For attics, a polyurethane-based foam is the most common type. This material does not require a vapor barrier, but boasts a much higher cost than other insulation types. Further, it must have a protective wall of sheetrock or plaster to be safe from fire.

The Savings Add Up Quickly

With proper insulation in your attic, you could save up to $600.00 per year in heating and cooling costs. With current installation and materials costs, you’ll recoup your investment in just a few seasons, not to mention the additional benefits to the environment that add up in the long haul.

Enlist a Pro’s Help with SoDak Insulation and Attic Restoration

Our professional, experienced team has seen every sort of attic situation. We’ll provide a clear and transparent estimate for insulation clean-up, and efficiency-boosting products.

We are proud of our regional service and local history of helping our neighbors stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. We install the most reliable products so you can save money, feel comfortable, and be confident in your home year-round.

Call us today for a no-obligation inspection of your attic. We’re here to help you achieve the highest efficiency of your home or business, with friendly service for every customer we meet.

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Attic Insulation 101

Insulation. It’s what makes a house feel cozy. A well-insulated house shuts out even the most brutal South Dakota winter chill. If you’re considering improving your home’s coziness factor, reach out to SoDak Insulation for an inspection today.

You know that your attic needs insulation. But what is attic insulation? Let’s take a closer look at your house’s blanket.

The Language of Insulation

What is insulation? Insulation creates a barrier to keep heat in place. Just as a blanket on your bed keeps your body heat close to you, insulation in your attic keeps your house’s temperature warm in the living space of the home. Adding more blankets to your bed keeps your body warmer by containing more of your heat. Adding more insulation to your attic will help your home hold in heat as well.

Heat flowing from warmer spaces to colder spaces is called heat transfer. Insulation reduces heat transfer.

R-value is an abbreviation for resistance value. The term “R-value” describes how well a product contains heat. Insulation with an R-value of 5 will block more heat transfer than the same amount of insulation with an R-value of 2. 

Air sealing is one of the first steps when adding insulation. The installer will check your space for any drafts around windows, walls, or chimneys and seal any openings. Minimizing air movement will reduce heat transfer. It will also help to keep pests out.

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A vapor barrier keeps moisture and condensation on the warm side of insulation from moving to the cool side. In cold climates like South Dakota, the barrier should be between the living space and the attic insulation. 

Rafter vents are spacers that keep air flowing around the underside of the roof. They help keep your attic cooler in the summer. More importantly, they help prevent ice dams on your roof in the winter. 

Batts are single, solid pieces of insulation that are laid in place. Think of this like a long, skinny blanket roll. They are usually sold in rolls either 16 or 24 inches wide to fit perfectly between your rafters with no cutting. 

Loose-fill insulation consists of lots of small pieces that fill in gaps and irregular spaces. Installers apply this insulation by blowing it in with a machine. While it technically can be installed by hand, coverage is not as good, and the end result will be disappointing. 

Loose-fill is an excellent choice for filling in tight, hard to reach places. It’s an ideal choice for adding insulation to an existing structure. It can also be blown into walls through an access hole that can be patched after application.

How Does Attic Insulation Work?

Insulation works by holding air in place. Tiny pockets of air are held in place by the fluffy material. Because they aren’t mixing around, heat is not quickly jumping from one molecule to another, so it stays put longer. That’s why your big, puffy coat is so cozy in the winter. It’s also why the January wind on your face makes cold temps feel so much worse. All of that air rushing by moves more heat than you would lose otherwise.

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What Is Attic Insulation Made of?

Insulation can be made from lots of products. Here’s a rundown of the most common types.

Fiberglass

Yes, it really is made of glass. Glass fibers are spun into a thick, fluffy material that looks a bit like cotton candy. Fiberglass is sometimes made of recycled glass, but not always, so check the label if that feature is a priority for you. Cover your skin thoroughly before manipulating fiberglass – any contact can irritate your skin. If you find yourself itching, taking a shower should take care of it.

Fiberglass has an R-value of 2.2 to 2.7 per inch if it’s blown in, and up to 4.3 in batts. It comes in different thicknesses, and you can layer one batt over another to reach your desired total R-value.

Cellulose

Cellulose is made of loose-fill, post-consumer recycled paper treated to be bug and fire retardant. Cellulose won’t irritate your skin. 

Cellulose has an R-value range of 3.2 – 3.8 per inch. This means that it doesn’t need to be as thick to achieve the total R-value you need. 

Cellulose is usually chemically treated to be waterproof. If it does get wet, water won’t absorb, but it may puddle and soak rafters. If you have prolonged moisture in your attic, mold could follow.

Mineral Wool

Mineral wool is made of rock fibers or slag from blast furnaces. It is sometimes called rock wool. 

Mineral wool comes in loose-fill or batts. Batts made from mineral wool are not very flexible and can be harder to work with. 

This material is naturally fire-resistant but more expensive than the others. It is partially made from post-consumer recycled material. Check the label for specifics. Mineral wool has an R-value of 3 to 3.3. 

Cotton 

Easily the most environmentally friendly option, cotton attic insulation is made from denim jeans. The manufacturer shreds industrial scrap and post-consumer denim to make batts that are as soft and skin-friendly as your own wardrobe. 

Cotton insulation is treated with a non-toxic solution to make it pest- and fire-resistant. With no chemical or respiratory contaminants, this is a health-conscious choice for anyone with chemical sensitivity. 

Cotton insulation will cost 15-20% more than fiberglass, on average. It has an R-value of 3.7-3.8 per inch.

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The More You Know

You can make your house a coziness fortress with the right insulation. Consider what kind of attic insulation is best suited to your needs and budget. If you have noticed your utility bills creeping higher and higher, or the temperature is getting harder and harder to control, you might need more attic insulation.

Contact SoDak insulation today to get a free inspection, and you’ll be as toasty as hot cocoa next winter.

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Can I Insulate My Own Attic?

When it comes to insulation, you might be tempted to add it to the DIY column. After all, you can buy insulation at any hardware store. You might even know someone who has done it.

However, just like any home improvement DIY, insulating your own attic takes knowledge and tools that you might not have.

Upgrading your insulation is a project that pays for itself and then some over time. Better insulation means lower utility bills every month. You might save money doing this project yourself, but you won’t know for sure unless you get a professional quote. 

If you want a professional to insulate your attic, reach out to SoDak Insulation for an inspection and quote today.

Can I Insulate My Own Attic?

First, consider whether you have any limitations that will prevent you from completing the job. If you have any medical conditions that require you to avoid excess heat or dust, you won’t be able to work safely. 

If you’re confident that you can do the work without hurting yourself, the next step is to take a good look in your attic.

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Planning

Look at the layout of your attic. Are there shallow angles, multiple chimneys, or a complicated floor plan that will make it challenging to apply insulation across the entire space? Picture how you will access the edges of the attic floor.

Figure out what you’re starting with. Examine the existing insulation for any mold, water stains, or other defects and remove any bits that aren’t up to snuff.  

Some houses built before 1990 were insulated with a product called vermiculite. Vermiculite may have traces of asbestos in it. If you have loose, grainy-looking particles with shiny flecks, get the material tested. 

If you do have asbestos, you’ll need to hire a professional to remove it. Removing asbestos is never a DIY job. Once the old material is removed, you’ll have a clean slate for your new insulation. 

What Type of Insulation Should I Use?

You will need to choose the type of insulation that works best for your attic. 

Loose-fill is a DIY-friendly type of insulation. Think of this like the inside of a pillow. Loose-fill is an excellent choice for spaces with nonstandard spacing between the joists, a complicated layout, or tight spaces. 

When you insulate your attic with loose-fill, you will need to rent a machine to blow the material into all of the nooks and crannies. If you operate the tool effectively, this can be the fastest way to get the job done.

You can also spread around loose-fill insulation manually. That won’t give even coverage or as good of a result, though.

When you want to insulate your attic on your own, the type of insulation most commonly used is batt or blanket insulation. This type of insulation fits between the building joists of your house, which makes it easier to install.

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Measure

The Department of Energy suggests South Dakota homes should have attic insulation with a total R-value of R49 – R60.  

Determine the R-value of the insulation already in your attic. Push a tape measure or ruler to the floor beneath the insulation, and measure the insulation’s height. Multiply the thickness in inches by 2.5 to get an estimate of the present total insulating value. This number is your current insulation’s R-value.  

Here’s an example: if your attic insulation is 10 inches deep before you improve it, you currently have R-25 insulation (10 x 2.5). You would need to add another R-24 to get to the minimum recommended R-49. Two layers of R-12 would give your finished project the recommended total R-value (25 + 12 + 12.)

Figure out how much insulation to buy. Multiply the length by the width of your space. The result is your square footage.  Consider whether you need more than one layer of batts and add to your total as needed.

Prepping

You are ready to insulate your attic! Well, almost. There are a few more things you should do first:

  1. Seal air leaks. Check your attic for any air leaks. Insulate around window edges with a low-expansion foam explicitly made to insulate around windows. Check around any outlets, ducts, pipes, etc. for gaps. Fill ¼ inch gaps with caulk. Seal gaps around chimneys with a high-temperature caulk or furnace cement. 
  2. Examine your roof for signs of leaking. If there’s any moisture or staining, fix that problem before you install any insulation. You don’t want a roof leak to cause your new insulation to get moldy. 
  3. Examine any light fixtures that could come into contact with your insulation. Leave an empty space of at least three inches around any light fixtures to avoid a fire hazard. Check your home improvement store for barrier options.
  4. Check your attic space for any exhaust fans that aren’t routed to the exterior. Some DIYers take a shortcut when installing a bathroom or kitchen fan, routing it only to the attic space instead of the outside. Correct this to avoid moisture build-up and potential mold problems in the future. 

Stay Safe

These tips will help keep your insulation project safe and on-track:

  • Cover up from head to toe, including goggles and a dust mask. Wear long sleeves and pants to protect your skin.
  • Lay down a sturdy board to walk on. It’s easy to lose your balance walking on the joists.
  • Use good lighting. Obtain lights or lanterns that illuminate the entire space, and that do not need to be held. 
  • Check the underside of the roof. It’s common to find some roofing nails poking through. If you have some spare packing styrofoam, you can use it to cap these. 
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Installation

You’ve gotten your attic and yourself prepared. It’s time for the insulation.

Apply your insulation, starting at the outer edges of your attic and working towards the exit. Try not to trample the insulation as you go- it works best when fluffy. Make sure your insulation completely covers the joists, or you will lose some heat through the wood.

 Be careful not to block your soffit vents. The underside of your roof (ceiling of your attic) needs airflow. Without it, you could find yourself dealing with ice dams on your roof. 

So Can You Insulate Your Own Attic?

Attic insulation might seem like a straightforward project that is good for a DIYer. However, it is a time-consuming job that typically requires tools the average homeowner doesn’t have readily available.  It also involves spending time in a hot and often dusty and cramped space. 

If you’re up for it, great! If not, reach out to SoDak insulation for an inspection and quote.

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5 Reasons Why Attic Insulation is Essential

When it comes to protecting your home, there are a few aspects that we all know are essential. Solid materials, good wall insulation, and plenty of drainages are just a few areas to prioritize. 

There is one feature, however, which can totally transform your home: welcome to the world of attic insulation. 

Here at SoDak Insulation , we are committed to helping keep your attic space safe, secure, and free from any unwanted pests or problems. We offer a fast, affordable, and top quality service to keep your attic in tip-top condition all year round. 

Still wondering how we can help? Read on for the top reasons to insulate your attic!

What Is Attic Insulation?

Before you hand over your hard-earned cash, it is essential that you understand what attic insulation is. During the winter or colder months of the year, the heat from your house flows into unheated spaces. These areas can include the basement, garage, and the attic. The heating system in your home must work hard to replace this lost heat. 

In the summer, the opposite happens – heat flows in from outside. As a result, your air conditioning system is forced to work harder. 

Attic insulation makes your home more able to cope with hot and cold weather. It provides resistance to the heat flow, and this is measured by an ‘R-Value’. In short, this is the ability of an insulator material to slow heat flow. The higher the R-value, the stronger the barrier against heat flow.

There are three main types of insulation:

  1. Foam: tends to be used on unfinished ceilings, floors, and roofs. 
  2. Cellulose: constructed from 80% recycled materials, this is common as loose-fill in vaulted ceilings, open attics and walls.
  3. Fiberglass: typical in attics, floors, walls, and ceilings

The type of attic insulation you choose will depend mainly on your personal circumstances and requirements. Our professional team will be happy to help!

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1. It can save you money

One unexpected advantage to attic insulation is that it can actually help you to cut your costs. The average American home uses 50%-70% of total energy on heating and cooling the house. 

The Environmental protection Agency estimates that 15% can be saved on costs by ensuring that your home is adequately insulated. It may seem small, but this can add up to significant savings in the long run. 

In addition, this is a great way to stay green and reduce your energy usage. With up to $780 a year for grabs in savings, this is a great incentive to insulate.

2. Keep your home safe

If your home is not adequately insulated, it can cause long-term damage, thanks to a build-up of heat and moisture. Insulation reduces the chance of water vapor creeping into your home. This factor is a leading cause of damp, mold, and potential structural instability. 

Similarly, if your attic gets too hot, the roof tiles and shingles can warp and distort, or cause supporting wood to soften. Ice is another risk; if dams are allowed to form, the entire roof structure will weaken over time. 

Ensuring that you have adequate attic insulation will enable you to invest in long term protection for your home.

3. Stay comfortable

Attic insulation is also a great way to help you enjoy your home all year round. Heat rises, which means that rooms on higher floors can be significantly warmer than those lower down. 

Similarly, the natural tendency of heat to flow from warm to cold areas can cause severe discrepancies in temperature. As a result, you may find areas of your home too warm or cool, depending on the external temperature.

If you notice that the temperature inside your home has a 10-15 degree difference between floors, stay alert. This could be a sign that your insulation needs checking. As most of us sleep on higher floors, it is vital to be comfortable. 

A good night’s sleep is crucial for long-term wellbeing, comfort, and happiness!

4. Enjoy improved air quality

Poor attic insulation can do more than allow leaks and debris into your home. There is also a high chance that your house will suffer from reduced air quality. Inadequate insulation also enables pollutants from outdoors to enter the space. 

This means that dust, mildew, mold, and other unwanted irritants can enter your home via an air leak. 

This may not seem too large an issue to start with, but these airborne toxins can accumulate over time. Eventually, this will cause the quality of the air in your home to deteriorate significantly. 

Over time, this compromises air quality for you and your family. Investing in proper insulation offers a clean, fresh, and healthy internal environment. Adding brand new insulation also helps to eliminate and remove any unwanted particles which may have accumulated.

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5. Save your systems!

As we discussed, poor insulation causes the heating and cooling systems in your home to have to work twice as hard. This issue can be particularly prevalent if your home is older; these spaces are more susceptible to draughts. 

By insulating your attic correctly, you reduce the risk of cool air down low, and hotter temperatures at the top. As well as being uncomfortable, these temperature extremes put pressure on your HVAC units. They are forced to work overtime to keep you comfortable.

Attic insulation allows your home to maintain a more even temperature all year round. This also has the added advantage of reducing your energy bills – save cash and the planet at the same time!

SoDak Insulation Can Help

Here at SoDak Insulation, we pride ourselves on offering a comprehensive, professional, and affordable service. Whether you are looking to replace insulation, install protection in a new home, or simply need advice, we can help with a complete inspection. 

We also have plenty of experience in dealing with unwanted pests such as bats and can using new attic insulation.

Protect your home and health and that of your family. Invest in excellent quality insulation, and make sure your home is comfortable, secure, and in tip-top condition all year round.

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How to Know if You Have Enough Attic Insulation

For some, the attic is an amazing upstairs oasis. Fully furnished, it serves as a master bedroom, an office haven, or a child’s giant playroom. For others, the attic is simply a place to stash your leftover furniture and holiday decorations. 

To use your attic, it has to be insulated. You might ask yourself, “How much attic insulation do I need?”

Regardless of what you use your attic for, you will get the most benefit out of it if it is adequately insulated. In addition, you want to know if anything else is hiding in your attic besides decorations.

That’s where SoDak Insulation comes in. SoDak Insulation is a new company stemming from Central Plains Bat Removal Services. We mainly provide attic inspections for pests such as bats and other nesting critters. Once the problems are removed, SoDak is then able to come and inspect for proper insulation levels. 

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When Should I Get My Home Inspected?

Most inspections occur when the home is in the buying or selling process. If you are looking to buy a home, you want to know if the structure you’re purchasing is of the utmost quality. All parts of the home need to be inspected. This includes the attic. The same applies if you are looking to sell. You want to make sure every inch is studied so you can get the most value for your home.

SoDak Insulation will inspect your attic to determine if any pests have ever resided there, past or present. They will recommend a thorough, deep cleaning of the attic to remove any fecal matter. You, the homeowner, can do this job, or you can contract out to professionals, like SoDak Insulation. 

Even if your home is not in the buy or sell phase, you can still use SoDak Insulation’s services. Some homeowners use us to inspect their attic anytime they own the home. They want to ensure their home stays clean and thoroughly insulated. 

A well-maintained, clean home can go a long way. It provides comfort, liveability, and security. A home can look clean, but how do you know if it’s really clean? 

If it is fresh, bat feces is easy to detect with the naked eye and nose. But if you’ve owned your home for a while, chances are you’ve grown nose-blind. In some cases, it could be so old it has decomposed and lost its scent. 

If you’ve owned your home for a while, but have never had the attic inspected, chances are you could utilize SoDak’s services. What you can’t see or smell, SoDak’s precise inspection tools can. They will determine if any pests had ever resided in your attic, past or present. They can also determine if you have enough insulation in your attic. 

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How Much Insulation Do You Really Need?

Most new homes are up to regulation standards. But if you own an older home, you may be wondering if you have enough insulation in your attic. If your house is drafty, or your heating and cooling bills are exceptionally high, you could likely benefit from more insulation. 

To determine if you have enough, you can measure the height of it. A quick visual scan could suffice. If you can see your floor joists, you can likely benefit by adding more insulation. While this is a quick option, it is highly unreliable. 

The only real way to make sure you have enough insulation is to get it adequately measured. SoDak’s measurements are accurate and reliable. In South Dakota and most of the Northern Hemisphere, insulation levels are given R-values. 

The R-value is a measure of the insulation’s ability to resist heat flow. The higher the R-Value, the more able your insulation will hold up to the elements. This means your home will operate more efficiently in summer and winter. By adding more insulation and using less energy, it can help reduce your carbon footprint. A win for everyone!

So what exactly does an R-value represent? For fiberglass and cellulose insulation, each R-value point is estimated at ⅓ of an inch. So an R-value of 3 would be equal to roughly 1 inch of insulation. This translates to approximately 10-14 inches of insulation, depending on the type. So most homes in South Dakota could benefit from an R-value of 49 or greater.

Use SoDak Insulation to Increase the Value of Your Home

The housing market has seen a massive expansion in the past few years. Selling your home has never been easier. At least for most homeowners. Even though homes are moving fast, there is no guarantee every house will sell. Or if it does sell, there is no guarantee it will pass final inspection. 

As the homeowner, you may not be able to control whether your house sells quickly or not. You do, however, have complete control over its value and whether it passes inspection. Before selling, most homeowners fix common problems. Things such as leaky faucets, paint touch-ups, and mold are easily fixable before inspections. 

While these things are great to do, rarely do these items ever cause an infarction during an inspection. Lesser-known problems like improper attic insulation, tend to arise. Catching you, the seller, completely off-guard, and usually left with a hefty bill to pay. 

SoDak can properly inspect your attic space. They will remove any unwanted pests, and they can best recommend the proper amount of insulation needed to sell. This will enable you to increase your home’s overall value and ensure it passes inspection—all for a reasonable price.

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Let SoDak Insulation Help You Today!

When it comes to your home, SoDak’s expertise and unparalleled service will give you the quality inspection you deserve. All at a great value. We guarantee our attic inspection services will make sure your attic is pest-free and filled with proper insulation levels. 

If you’re looking to sell your home, or simply want to maintain a clean, efficient home, SoDak can help. We guarantee our work, and we also offer free estimates. So don’t delay, contact SoDak today!