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Attic Insulation, Properly Installed, Can Lower Your Cool-Weather Bills

Posted on: November 2nd, 2012 by Jason Connell

Attic Insulation, Properly Installed, Can Lower Your Cool-Weather BillsMost property owners know that their home can lose a great deal of energy due to leaks and gaps in their home’s envelope. However, after replacing the weatherstripping around doors and sealing off windows, you may still find that your home is using, and losing, much more energy than it should. If your living space feels particularly chilly even after you’ve taken numerous steps to control energy loss, you may want to consider the benefits of installing new attic insulation.

Poorly insulated attics are responsible for a great deal of energy loss in the home. This is due to something called heat transfer. During the winter months, the heat in your home is transferred outside through the walls of your attic; in the summer, the reverse is true. However, quality insulation impedes heat transfer and thus reduces energy loss.

In order to determine whether or not your attic insulation needs to be upgraded, consider the resistance value, or R-value. Keep in mind that the greater the R-value, the more effective the insulation is in blocking heat transfer. If the insulation is less than 6 inches thick, or carries an R-value below 25, it should be replaced. Of course, to maximize the effectiveness of your attic insulation, you should ensure it is installed by a trained HVAC professional. Improper installation can reduce the R-value of your insulation.

Remember – the sooner you replace your attic insulation, the more money you can save on this year’s heating and cooling. By replacing your insulation before cold weather hits, you can maximize your savings. If you have any questions or concerns related to choosing and installing insulation for your home’s attic, be sure to contact AirRite Air Conditioning. Your home comfort is our top priority.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about attic insulation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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