Heat can be unbearable in the summer, and usually, turning on the fan isn’t enough to cool your whole home.
Luckily, cooling your residence doesn’t have to be challenging. Instead of starting with a brand new air conditioner unit, we’re going to start in the attic with insulation. But how does attic insulation help in the summer?
Attic insulation has a whole host of benefits, from keeping you comfortable to decreasing those high energy bills.
How Attic Insulation Works
Attic insulation — though it can seem complicated — is really quite easy to understand. This type of insulation is installed to prevent the loss of up to 25% of cool and conditioned air that escapes through the attic. Here’s how it works, explained with four easy steps.
- First, our professional technicians will arrive at your home to make sure there’s a clear path to the attic.
- Next, we’ll go into the attic and look at the insulation that might already exist, including the type of insulation and how deep it is. This lets us figure out the best way to better your house’s energy efficiency with attic insulation.
- In the attic, there should be baffles and soffits. Baffles are like tunnels that let air flow to outside vents (called soffits) and then into your attic. We’ll first check to see if any baffles are incorrectly installed or missing. If they are, we’ll add them in between the cavities that connect to the soffits. This lets us encourage a sound ventilation system for the air to flow over the insulation.
- Finally, we’ll add our blown-in insulation until we reach a suitable depth (or R-value).
Because the U.S. Department of Energy recommends that homes have a particular depth of blow-in insulation in attics, we’ll check to make sure your insulation depth isn’t below the recommended level.
After attic insulation is installed, the magic happens.
How Proper Insulation Can Help Keep Your Home Cool
Attics are actually one of the most insufficiently insulated parts of a home. That’s why it’s so critical to ensure your residence is appropriately insulated in the attic. But how does proper attic insulation can help keep your home cool during hot summer days? The answer is pretty straightforward: it ensures your attic is adequately ventilated and insulated, which keeps the hot air out and the cold air inside.
In addition, one of the most essential benefits of attic insulation is that it keeps your home comfortable year-round, not just in the summer, by limiting the heat flow.
Attic insulation also increases efficiency within your home. In turn, it also decreases your energy bills and saves you money.
With proper attic insulation, you can also decrease the formation of things like:
- Mold and mildew growth
- Ice dams
What Happens If I Don’t Have Proper Attic Insulation?
If your home doesn’t have proper attic insulation, things are about to get hotter. A lack of insulation equates to a hotter household — especially in the summer — with much higher energy bills, thanks to the increased energy use.
Choose to Stay Cool This Summer
With our team members at USA Insulation, fending off that unforgiving summer heat is easier than ever. Contact us today to solve any insulation problems you might have, from attic insulation services or even whole-home insulation.
Feel free to give us a call. You can also explore our website to learn more information about attic insulation and our respective services. The first step to making sure your home stays cool this summer? Contact USA Insulation today.