Oh man! Your air conditioner isn’t keeping up with your demand. You set the thermostat to 75, but the temperature never drops below 77. Is there something wrong with your HVAC system? Well, there could be, but it could also be an issue elsewhere. You see, your home acts as one heating and cooling unit. Everything works together: your windows, your doors, your siding, your attic insulation, your roof, and your HVAC system.
Over the next several weeks, we will be talking about each one of the aforementioned pieces of the puzzle.
HVAC Efficiency and your Home: The Importance of Attic Insulation
Believe it or not, that fluffy stuff in your attic plays a very important role in the heating and cooling of your home. More importantly, a lack of that fluffy stuff could significantly impact your monthly energy bills. So how do you know if you have enough attic insulation? All you have to do is climb up into your attic and look.
Look across the span of your attic. If your insulation is level with or below your floor joists, you should add more, according to Energy Star. But how much should you add? Once again, Energy Star has the answer. “The recommended level for most attics is to insulate to R-38 or about 10 to 14 inches, depending on insulation type.” R-Value is a measure of the insulation’s ability to resist heat flow. This means that it will keep hot air out in the summer and hot air in when winter rolls around.
Check back next week as we continue our blog mini-series, “HVAC Efficiency and your Home.” We will be taking a look at the importance of your windows. Meanwhile, if you have any questions about the Importance of Attic Insulation, please contact Fresh Air Concepts by calling 1-800-708-4FAC or click here today! Make sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ as well! We are an award winning, factory authorized Carrier dealer!
Adding Attic Insulation Energy Star