Save Money by Increasing Attic Insulation in North America
Having the proper amount of insulation in your attic can make your North America home more pleasant throughout the seasons. Higher energy efficiency could also help you save money on utility bills.
Do you have the correct amount of insulation? Probably not. A recent study by the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association discovered 90 percent of homes in the U.S. are underinsulated. If every home in the country was suitably insulated to current building code, the Boston University School of Public Health discovered it would slash electric consumption by 37 billion kilowatts. That’s enough electricity to power 3.4 million American homes every year!
Does My Home Have Enough Insulation?
You can measure existing insulation to learn if you have a sufficient amount in your attic. If it’s less than 7” deep, your home is lacks enough insulation. In North America, 13-14” deep is recommended.
Additionally, if your home is more than 10 years old, you’ll likely need increased insulation.
Enhancing your insulation levels could positively change your energy bills, saving you up to 20 percent.** It can be a vapor barrier against humidity, stop air leaks and may lessen wear and tear on your HVAC system.
Types of Attic Insulation
There are three varieties of attic insulation—spray foam, loose fill and batt.
Spray foam insulation uses liquids that change into a foam on contact. Closed- or open-cell applications can be used in attics.
Closed-cell foam gives the most insulation. It also offers an extensive barrier against air, vapor and water.
Open-cell foam spreads when applied, plugging cracks and other hard-to-reach spaces. It’s best for stopping air but isn’t completely waterproof.
Both types of spray foam insulation may even help absorb noise.
Loose Fill and Batt Insulation
Loose fill insulation is blown in with special machinery, while batt insulation is rolls that can be cut to fit. Insulating material can involve fiberglass, cellulose, mineral wool and cotton.
Insulation is rated for its resistance to heat flow. This is also referred to as the R-value. Different levels are recommended based on where you live.
Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can help you determine what kind of insulation is best for the climate in North America and your home’s needs. Our insulation installers offer a full range of outstanding insulation services backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year.
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