Only when outdoor temperature falls and chilly drafts appear, do homeowners wonder if their property is sufficiently insulated. Good quality insulation is essential. During summer month’s well-insulated properties remain cool and throughout the cold winter month’s insulation keeps the home warm.
Insulation is found in the walls and the attic space of your home. So, it is easy to forget to check whether or not your home has sufficient insulation. As the old adage goes, out of sight is out of mind. However, it is vital to check the attic’s insulation.
Insulation keeps the air warm in winter and cool in summer. This prevents the HVAC unit from constantly switching on and off to cope with ever- changing temperatures. Inspect your attic in the spring. You want to make sure that it has adequate insulation.
It Is Important To Insulate Attics
In general, few homeowners use their loft spaces and attics for anything other than storage. So why insulate an area you never use? No matter what time of year, adequate ventilation and sufficient insulation help to control temperature levels and moisture within the home. People who fail to insulate their attic waste energy and receive higher annual energy bills.
Approximately fifty percent of an annual energy bill comes from cooling and heating costs. Hot and cold air easily travels through an attic that is not insulated. Climb up into the loft and inspect your home’s insulation. Then, consider the R-value of your current insulating product and upgrade if necessary. Research indicates as much as 20% of cool or hot air escapes from attics spaces that are not insulated. Furthermore, you will lower your energy costs by installing efficient insulation.
How To Check The R-Value Of Your Existing Insulation
The R-value allows you to measure whether your chosen insulating material resists heat transfer. It is easy to determine the R-Value, so check to ensure your loft is adequately insulated. You can examine the R-Value yourself or ask a professional to do the job for you. Remember, sparse or old insulating products have low R-Values.
A minimum R-Value of 30 is recommended. Homeowners with blown-in insulation should aim for an 8.5 inch covering. New insulating material can be laid on top of the existing to form a deeper layer, so remember, different types of insulating material can be used in conjunction to form a deeper layer. Homeowners should also insulate around windows, attic doors and all other openings.
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You will lower energy bills by performing these simple household tasks. You will also benefit from lower winter heating bills and less costly summer cooling charges. Heating and cooling units in well-insulated homes tend to last longer because they don’t have to work as hard, so in the long run, good loft insulation is a wise investment. Naturally, all homeowners should schedule an annual HVAC service. Ask an experienced HVAC technician to check to see if the air conditioning is in good working order. Regular air conditioner maintenance is essential. AC maintenance allows for minor faults to be corrected to help save money on large repair bills.
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