Averagely, a home loses anywhere between 40 and 70% energy through the attic. Yet, many homeowners ignore the importance of proper attic insulation as close to 60% of homes in the United States are not properly insulated. Poor attic insulation only means more and higher energy bills for you because heating and cooling costs account for up to 50 to 70% of the energy used in an average home.
Proper attic insulation helps you to reduce your energy bills by lowering the amount of energy needed to maintain your home’s temperatures at a comfortable level. When it’s summer, your air conditioning systems have to fight the hot temperatures to keep the home cool. When it’s winter, the AC’s have to warm up the house and keep the temperatures at a comfortable level. All this uses plenty of energy. And when there are loopholes in your attic, the energy usage and costs in your home multiply.
How does attic insulation work?
Attic insulation works by simply trapping air, limiting its movement within the house, and preventing it from escaping to the outside. This helps to;
Homes have been able to reduce their energy expenses by more than 25% through proper attic cleaning and insulation.
Types of attic insulations available
There are various types of attic insulations available for you to choose from. Each has its benefits and drawbacks that are important to consider before choosing one. At Donald Duct & Steam, our team of highly experienced professionals in attic insulation Houston will advice you on the best attic insulation method for your home depending on several factors. The various types available include;
1. Blow-in Insulation
This method of insulation uses loose fibers or fiber pellets that are sprayed into the attic using special machines. The materials create a thick layer of insulation that covers the attic’s floor and reaches corners and crevices that are difficult to reach. However, the material is not water resistant and can easily soak water creating a breeding ground for mold and mildew.
2. Roll or Batt Insulation
Batt insulation commonly uses large rolls of flexible fiber sheets that are laid on the attic’s floor joints or along the attic’s wall to block transfer of heat. They are a great way to cover large sections of space but they are also very water absorbent, just like the blow-in insulation.
3. Radiant Barrier
Radiant barriers use materials that are highly reflective, enabling the barriers to reflect radiant heat rather than absorb it. They help reduce summer heat gain and reduce cooling costs. However, they don’t reduce heat conduction like thermal insulation materials and work best in hot climates.
If your attic has old or dirty insulation that is ineffective, it may be time to have it replaced. Old attic insulation is often inefficient and doesn’t help you save on energy bills or keep your home temperatures comfortable. Consult professionals to help remove the insulation from your attic in a controlled way, without disturbing the rest of the home.
Plenty of dust, dirt, rodent infestation, mold, mildew and even wood rot accumulate in your attic over time. This hampers air flow in the attic and lowers the air quality within your home.