The Importance of Insulating Your Attic

The experts at the Department of Energy now claim that heating and cooling can consume as much as 70% of the energy used to power a single home. Poor quality insulation (or a complete lack of insulation) and air leakage are the two biggest problems causing energy inefficiency in US properties.

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The Advantages of Top Quality Insulation

  • Decreased energy costs, year on year
  • Greater energy efficiency (more for your money)
  • Safeguards a property from premature aging
  • Lengthens the life of heating/cooling devices
  • Makes daily life more pleasant/comfortable

Saving Money with Effective Solutions

If you choose to have top quality insulation fitted in your property, you are guaranteed to make a return on your energy costs - just so long as they are no other underlying problems. The amount that you stand to make, however, is dependent on a range of variables like the size of your house, the characteristics of its occupants, the efficiency of existing heating/cooling devices, and the type of fuel utilized.

There are some homeowners who claim that insulation has saved them as much as 50% per annum on their energy bills, but 30% is the typical figure for most.

Understanding How Insulation Functions

The properties of hot air mean that it moves automatically into colder areas. If you install insulation in your attic, you are introducing a form of thermal resistance, which decreases the speed at which this occurs.

During the coldest months, attic insulation is great for reducing the speed at which warm air moves upwards and out of the home. This means that heating devices can be used more efficiently, and energy bills made significantly smaller. The exact opposite occurs during the warmer months, as the insulation causes heat to move slowly, and infiltrate living spaces at a reduced rate

Explaining 'R Value'

The way in which the value of insulation is tested relates to the 'R value.' This is, essentially, a ranking of its thermal resistance, or its effectiveness when it comes to either maintaining cool air (during summer months) or preventing cool air from infiltrating a home (during winter months).

If you want to find out whether your property needs attic insulation, it is first necessary to determine whether or not it already has some form of heat resistant protection. For those who live in relatively young properties, this information can be found by simply getting in touch with the building contractor.

For those who live in older properties, things can be a little trickier. You can either try to find out for yourself, by closely inspecting your home, and searching for signs of previous insulation installations, or you can call our experts for help.

Seeking the Ideal 'R Value'

You can use the official energy calculator, from the Department of Energy, to work out what the average level of attic insulation tends to be in your neighborhood.