How Upgrading Attic Insulation Can Improve Home Comfort and Save Money Too
Want to make your home more comfortable and save money too? Maybe it’s time to think about upgrading attic insulation.
When many homeowners start improving energy efficiency, the attic is one of the last places that comes to mind. How can your attic make your home more comfortable? It may surprise you that it’s one of the most important rooms in your home for controlling how warm your home stays in the winter and cool in the summer.
Attics are are an important part of the overall structure of your home. You’ll find pipes, ductwork, vents, electrical lines and more when you look around. If your home was built properly, everything is tightly sealed. Air isn’t allowed in or out through leaks and cracks.
However, that’s not always the case. If your attic isn’t properly insulated, your HVAC system has to work harder to keep your home at your desired temperature. Conditioned air is seeping out through tiny cracks in your attic space, demanding more energy. Upgrading attic insulation can help. But how do you know what to purchase?
Do a little research, and you’ll quickly find R-value matters.
There’s an art to finding out the proper amount of insulation for your home. R-value is also known as thermal resistance. The higher the R-value, the more resistance and insulating power it provides. So more is better, right? Not necessarily.
Homes in colder climates need more insulating power than homes in warmer climates. According to EnergyStar, an uninsulated attic in the Atlanta area needs an R-value of somewhere between R30 and R60. Depending on how much you already have in place determines how much more you should add to increase energy efficiency. That’s where a professional can lend a hand in helping you determine how efficient your home already is.
There are several different varieties of insulation. You may be used to seeing the pink rolls or batts that are often brought into job sites. Blown-in insulation offers more benefits, however, especially inside an attic. With blown-in insulation, you can control exactly where the insulation is going. It can fill tiny crevices and block small leaks. It’s also moisture resistant, which helps keep biological growth at bay.
How do you know if upgrading attic insulation is the right step for your home?
- Do you notice drafts throughout your home?
- When you glance up into your attic, do you notice signs of moisture or water damage?
- Do you see any evidence pests have made your attic their home?
- Have you noticed your energy bills are higher this season then they’ve been in the past?
All can be an indication that it’s time to add insulation to your attic.
Or give us a call. We can perform an energy audit and determine if your attic insulation is sufficient to keep your home as efficient as it could be.