Does Your Attic Have Enough Insulation For Winter?
According to a 2003 Harvard School of Public Health study, If your home
was built between 1998 and 1988 you may be in one of the 46 million under
insulated homes in our country.
Is Your Attic Under-Insulated?
Considering how much insulation helps in lowering heating and cooling bills,
that would be something to check into. How can you know if your attic
has enough insulation?
- First thing, go up to your attic and check if your floor joists are easy to see.
ENERGY STAR says that when attic insulation is level with or below the attic floor
joists, keeping in mind that insulation is distributed evenly throughout,
your attic would need more insulation.
How Much Insulation Do You Need To Add?
How much insulation should you add? This depends on the measurement of
the insulations R-value, which assesses its ability to resist heat that
travels through it. A higher R-value is better.
Improving Your Home's Energy Efficiency
Adding more insulation in your attic is one very effective means to improving
the energy efficiency of your home. This can save you money during the
cold and warmer months. Other ways to save money and improve your homes
energy output are:
- Turn your thermostat up when you begin using your ceiling fan. This is
helpful as your understand the Wind Chill effect, in that even though
you may feel cooler, the actual temperature remains the same and will
bump on your AC if you don't turn up your thermostat.
- Put in a programmable thermostat. Nearly half of you energy usage is derived
from your cooling and heating. Having a programmable thermostat can work
your homes heating and cooling smarter by programing settings on a schedule
for maximum efficiency.
Check out our
top ten home maintenance steps to prepare your home for winter.
At Apex Ext, our experts can come in and take a look at your attic and
let you know if and how much insulation you will need to add. Our team
can put in the insulation for you or help you determine what you need
to do. Give us a call today. In Illinois call 847-241-4562. Wisconsin
residents call us at 608-478-2659.