Insulation is great at keeping your home warm and comfortable in the winter. But you probably don’t know what a difference it can make in the summer.
What does insulation in your attic do in the summer? It keeps your air-conditioned, cool air in your house where it belongs instead of it rising and being lost, making your A/C have to work harder to keep your home cool and comfortable.
That’s one reason why making sure your attic has adequate insulation is so important.
This summer is predicted to be hotter than normal here in the Catskills and Hudson Valley regions. Getting your home’s insulation up to snuff will let you keep your home comfortably cool while reducing your energy costs as well as the wear and tear on your air conditioning.
Adding insulation to your attic not only makes your home more energy-efficient all year ‘round, it’s also a great investment in your home as you may recoup 80% (or more!) of your investment when it comes to adding to your home’s value.
Ready to learn more about attic insulation? We’ve put together some important information for you.
The fiberglass insulation that comes in rolls at the home improvement store is the insulation many of us think of when it comes to attic insulation. But there are several kinds of insulation. Your choices include rigid foam, loose blown-in insulation, spray foam, and structural insulated panels. Some kinds of insulation can be an easy DIY installation, while others may need to be professionally installed. Read this guide from the U.S. Department of Energy to get more details.
The R-value of your insulation measures the resistance of heat flow through the insulation. The higher the R-value, the more effective the insulation is. The R-value you need depends on where you live, as this map from the Department of Energy shows. In our area, you need to add insulation with an R-value of between R38 and R49 if you already have 3 to 4 inches of insulation in the attic. If your attic is uninsulated, the R-value of the insulation you install needs to be between R49 and R60.
Contact us today to learn how we can help with your home’s energy costs!