Is Your Attic Properly Insulated? Published on November 30, 2017 Because you likely don’t 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 great energy savings. Without the right amount of attic insulation in place to keep the air in your home, the money you’ve put toward utility bills might as well be pitched out the window, or more precisely…. out the roof. You may be thinking about how an area that is primarily used for storage purposes can be so important to your home’s energy efficiency. Proper attic insulation and ventilation play key roles in controlling the temperature and overall comfort level in your home during all seasons. Attic insulation is necessary for keeping cool air in your home during the hot months and warm air in your home all through the heating season. If air is getting out through your attic, your HVAC system has to run longer to heat or cool your home, utilizing 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 many 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 could save up to 20% on energy bills with the adequate amount of attic insulation. No matter where you reside 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 sufficiently insulated attic, you may be thinking about what type of attic insulation is appropriate for your home. Insulation is classified in terms of thermal resistance, known as R-Value. The higher the R-Value, the better the insulating power. Here are the three primary types of attic insulation available: Roll-on insulation is generally the least expensive kind of attic insulation because it is somewhat simple and quick for professional contractors to install. It is flexible, permitting it to fit tightly between studs, rafters, etc. and the tight fit helps keep the air trapped in the home. Blown-in insulation is thought of as more efficient due to the loose-fill because it allows the insulation to fill smaller spaces where air could possibly leak out. Blown-in attic insulation is also moisture resistant, which helps prevent mold and odor from forming 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 find out 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 help with a free assessment. Call 801-436-8985 or schedule an appointment online.