Attic Insulation and Conditioned Attics 

Installing new attic insulation and converting your attic into a conditioned attic are two of the most effective ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency and comfort. With an attic upgrade from Responsible House, you can expect benefits like:

  • Lower energy bills 
  • Better indoor comfort—get rid of your hot second floor! 
  • A smaller carbon footprint
  • Improved indoor air quality

Responsible House is not your average insulation contractor—we are a certified building science professional with many years of general contracting experience. We conduct diagnostic testing and design custom insulation solutions that will work best in your home. For some homes, that means insulating and air sealing the attic. For others, converting to a conditioned attic makes the most sense. We’ll consider all the variables and implement the most effective solution.

Thanks to our many years of experience as a general contractor, we can take on complicated insulation projects that have construction elements, and we won’t shy away from a complex job! This sets us apart from other insulation companies in central Virginia that don’t have construction capabilities.

Attic Insulation 

Spray Foam Insulation Under Skylight Windows In Finished Attic

Many homeowners assume that insulation is only valuable in cold climates because of its reputation for holding heat in. Because of this common misconception, a lot of homeowners here in Central Virginia miss out on the benefits of insulation for keeping their homes cooler in the summer.  

Insulation works by slowing down the transfer of heat into and out of your house. This not only keeps heat in when it’s cold outside but also keeps heat out when it’s hot outside. With good attic insulation, your house will take on less heat during the summer so you can run your AC less frequently and save money on cooling bills without sacrificing comfort.

Successful Attic Insulation Installation Starts with Air Sealing 

Caulk gun for air sealing

In most attics, there are gaps and holes around the hatch, duct chaseways, wiring holes, recessed lighting, and kneewalls. In the summer, hot air from your attic is sucked through these gaps into the cooler living spaces below due to differences in air pressure, driving up your AC costs. In the winter, warm air rises up and out through the gaps in your attic, making your home colder. 

Air sealing solves this problem so you can use less energy and keep your home more comfortable all year round. Air sealing the attic is worth it and will help you get the most out of your investment in new insulation. 

Conditioned Attics 

If your HVAC equipment and/or ductwork is located in your attic, converting your attic into a conditioned attic is likely a better solution than insulating and air sealing your attic floor. Doing so will reduce the strain on your HVAC equipment, leading to better energy efficiency, lower heating and cooling costs, and less risk of moisture build-up in your attic.

To turn your attic into a conditioned attic, insulation is installed under the roof sheathing instead of on the attic floor. This brings your HVAC equipment inside your house’s building envelope, reducing the workload on your equipment and making the rooms below your attic more comfortable. 

All of our conditioned attic conversions come with a blower door test to ensure sufficient levels of fresh air and to make sure we have truly air sealed the space. This is an important step that other insulation companies skip. Blower door testing clearly demonstrates whether the project was successful and ensures that it hasn’t compromised the health and safety of your house. 

Call the Best Attic Insulation Company Near You 

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Responsible House is the go-to for professional attic insulation services in Central Virginia. We solve problems for our customers and leave them feeling happier and more comfortable in their homes. We offer attic insulation removal services to get old, dirty insulation out of your house using our industrial vacuum to truly clean out existing insulation and residue as well as professional attic insulation and conditioned attic services to give you the comfortable, efficient Responsible House you deserve.

Upgrade your attic with Responsible House. Call 540-942-2061 or contact us to get a free attic insulation cost estimate.

Keep your home more comfortable all year round. 

Upgrade your attic insulation or convert to a conditioned attic! 

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Responsible House worked tirelessly to bring back to life my family’s 100-year old farmhouse with a major energy retrofit and extensive structural restoration. I cannot say enough good things about this local, family owned business. They meticulously pursued perfection at… Read more “We are immensely grateful”

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They caulked all the places on the interior of my log home where I was losing heat. I am saving 20% on my heating bill now. The team also fixed minor issues with the house which they found during the… Read more “Very Happy With The Work”

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A Net Zero Home
When conditioned air is trying to escape to the coldness outside, it has a hard time. This house only allows it’s volume of air to switch with the outside once every 24 hours. That’s 12 times more efficient than the average home. This is the 2nd tightest house we have built.
Outdoor Kitchen Window
Energy efficiency is not about your windows but this is one of the times we do recommend replacing your windows - when you are reimagining your space. This kitchen renovation on a 200 year old home also highlights Responsible House’s breadth of experience and that we can handle any projects tangential to your insulation needs.
Kitchen Remodel
We had to give you a peek of that window and kitchen from the inside. Truly reimagined!
Nellysford Cottage
This adorable cottage may not look fierce, but it is holding onto it’s air envelope mighty tightly. It takes 12 hours for all of the conditioned air inside of this house to sneak through the tiny holes present and be replaced by unconditioned air from the outside. In contrast, the average home does this every 2 hours. Super leaky homes (and plenty exist) perform far worse than that – every hour or even less!
Bungalow Remodel
These homeowners took it slowly over 5 years - insulated the ceiling of their basement, replaced their roof to prep for solar, had some solar installed, conditioned their attic (and replaced old HVAC equipment), and finally completed their solar array. Their home is cozy and energy efficient now.
Annie Interior
On a cold day, this home exchanges the entire envelope of air inside with the outside air about once every 40 hours. This is stunningly low! This translates to not having to keep your heater running on a cold day because you aren’t constantly heating the outside air that is coming in. The average house exchanges it’s entire volume of air (that you paid so dearly to warm up or cool off) with the outside air every 2 HOURS.