Is Your Attic Properly Insulated? Published on November 30, 2017 Because you presumably do not spend much time in your attic, you may be surprised to learn that it is one place in your home that can actually offer great energy savings. Without the proper amount of attic insulation in place to keep the air in your home, the money you’ve invested in utility bills might as well be thrown out the window, or more accurately…. out the roof. You may be thinking about how an area that is only used for storage purposes can be so relevant to your home’s energy efficiency. Sufficient attic insulation and ventilation play key roles in driving the temperature and overall comfort level in your home all year long. Attic insulation is a critical component of keeping cool air in your home during the hot months and warm air in your home throughout the heating season. If air is getting out through your attic, your HVAC system has to work harder to heat or cool your home, utilizing more energy. Adding additional or higher quality attic insulation will aid in keeping the air in the home and stop your heating/cooling system from having to operate as long or as often, saving energy and money by lowering your utility bills. Cost savings vary based on many factors, like residents’ habits, whether you have a smart thermostat, and the type of heating/cooling system you have. On average, it is estimated that homeowners may save up to 20% on energy bills with the adequate amount of attic insulation. No matter where you live in North America, proper attic insulation assists in decreasing the general wear and tear on your heating and cooling system. Now that you understand the importance of a sufficiently insulated attic, you may be contemplating what type of attic insulation is right for your home. Insulation is measured in terms of thermal resistance, known as R-Value. The higher the R-Value, the better the insulating power. Here are the three primary types of attic insulation available: Roll-on insulation is generally the least expensive type of attic insulation because it is fairly simple and quick for professional contractors to install. It is flexible, permitting it to fit tightly between studs, rafters, etc. and the tight fit helps keep the air secured in the home. Blown-in insulation is thought of as more efficient considering the loose-fill because it allows the insulation to fill smaller crevices where air could possibly leak out. Blown-in attic insulation is also moisture resistant, which helps prevent mold and odor from forming in your home. Spray foam insulation is regarded to be the most energy-efficient type because it expands and tightly seals all holes where air could possibly leak from. Not only does the spray foam attic insulation construct an air-tight seal, but it generally works longer than other types of attic insulation. If your attic is currently insulated, you may want to find out when the insulation was installed to ensure it meets the EPA guidelines for energy efficiency. Also, if the product has compressed, it could be ineffective. If you need to have attic insulation installed or would like to have your current insulation examined, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can give a free assessment. Call 385-399-0280 or schedule an appointment online.