October 29, 2014 · Comment 0· Apex Exteriors
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 insulation’s 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.