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. 


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. 


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.


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!

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