Energy costs are a concern for most homeowners. One of the most effective ways to control your energy costs is to install home insulation in certain key areas of your home.
Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for the ‘Attic’ Category
Your attic space is often forgotten when it comes to climate control, especially if it isn’t habitable. But because heat rises to the attic and can escape in the winter, it’s a key location for managing your home comfort. Ensuring you have proper attic ventilation is one way you can keep your home comfortable and healthy year-round.
A properly insulated attic not only improves energy performance, but it also helps your home maintain a comfortable temperature all year-round. Energy Star states that central California homes should add R25 to R38 insulation in attics that are already insulated and R30 to R60 insulation in uninsulated attics. The best type of insulation for your attic depends on the type of insulation already in it, its age and your home’s sun exposure.
Air leaks and poor insulation in the attic will make it more difficult to keep your home cool during the summer and warm in the winter. While air leaks allow conditioned air to escape and hot or cold air to infiltrate your home in winter and summer, respectively, inadequate or missing insulation allows heat to transfer in and out. Both issues force your HVAC system to work harder to compensate. Before the cool fall weather arrives, assess the insulation in your attic to determine if it needs more.
Adding batts in the attic – insulation batts – offers protection against heat transfer, giving your home’s uppermost region a fighting chance during the heating season to lock in comfortable home temperatures and limit energy consumption. Here’s a guide to choosing and installing insulation batts in the attic:
Insulating your attic increases the energy efficiency of your home, is relatively inexpensive and lasts for decades. When you’re choosing attic insulation, these steps will help you reach the 16 inches that the U.S. Department of Energy recommends for our climate. Sixteen inches of insulation translates to an R-value around 38, which gives you 38 hours of protection against heat gain or loss. The “R” stands for resistance and each value that the insulation carries indicates how many hours it resists temperature change.
Attic insulation is important, but so is proper attic ventilation. Combined with a good air-sealing strategy, the right kind of ventilation in your attic can prevent moisture from building up and causing trouble. Here are five reasons for ventilating your attic that you shouldn’t ignore: