Is Your Attic Properly Insulated? Published on November 30, 2017 Because you presumably do not spend a lot of time in your attic, you may be surprised to realize that it is one place in your home that can actually offer substantial energy savings. Without the adequate amount of attic insulation in place to seal the air in your home, the money you’ve spent on utility bills might as well be thrown out the window, or more accurately…. out the roof. You may be wondering how an area that is mainly used for storage purposes can be so relevant to your home’s energy efficiency. Proper attic insulation and ventilation play considerable roles in controlling the temperature and overall comfort level in your home during all seasons. Attic insulation is a critical component of keeping cool air in your home during the hot months and warm air in your home all through the heating season. If air is leaving through your attic, your HVAC system has to work vigorously to heat or cool your home, requiring more energy. Putting in additional or higher quality attic insulation will help keep the air in the home and stop your heating/cooling system from having to operate as long or as often, saving energy and money by lowering your utility bills. Cost savings vary based on several factors, like residents’ habits, whether you have a smart thermostat, and the type of heating/cooling system you have. On average, it is estimated that homeowners can save up to 20% on energy bills with the proper amount of attic insulation. No matter where you live in North America, proper attic insulation assists in reducing the general wear and tear on your heating and cooling system. Now that you understand the importance of a adequately insulated attic, you may be thinking about what type of attic insulation is appropriate for your home. Insulation is measured in terms of thermal resistance, known as R-Value. The higher the R-Value, the better the insulating power. Here are the three basic types of attic insulation available: Roll-on insulation is generally the least expensive style of attic insulation because it is somewhat simple and quick for professional contractors to install. It is flexible, allowing it to fit tightly between studs, rafters, etc. and the tight fit helps keep the air captured in the home. Blown-in insulation is thought of as more efficient considering the loose-fill because it allows the insulation to fill smaller crevices where air could possibly leak out. Blown-in attic insulation is also moisture resistant, which helps block mold and odor from collecting in your home. Spray foam insulation is regarded to be the most energy-efficient type because it expands and tightly seals all holes where air could possibly leak from. Not only does the spray foam attic insulation construct an air-tight seal, but it generally works longer than other types of attic insulation. If your attic is currently insulated, you may want to confirm when the insulation was installed to ensure it meets the EPA guidelines for energy efficiency. Also, if the product has compressed, it could be ineffective. If you need to have attic insulation installed or would like to have your current insulation examined, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can provide a free assessment. Call 801-396-0637 or schedule an appointment online.