Are you concerned about the energy performance of your home? You should be! With great performance, comes great, very good, very large bank account numbers. With poor performance comes terrible, so terrible, tragic, large energy bills. Have we convinced you? We have? Perfect. Now that you are on the energy efficiency bandwagon (welcome, happy to have you), we have to tell you some horrible news. You might want to sit down. Ready? Okay. Here it goes. YOUR ENERGY PERFORMANCE IS RUNNING AWAY!!! It’s happening right now! This moment!! It’s escaping through your attic!
Let’s go do something about, okay?
For homes large and small, old and new, the attic is almost always a major culprit when it comes to energy loss and poor energy performance. Now, you may be thinking, “do Phoenix homes typically have attics?” While many of the older homes build in the 60s, 70s, and 80s do not have attics, most Phoenix homes built after that period will feature some form of attic. So if you fall into that later group, listen up!
One of the things you can do if you suspect your energy efficiency is being negatively affected by your attic, is to schedule a home energy assessment with an energy professional. They will be able to identify exactly where the energy is escaping your home. And the odds are, they will point to the attic.
There are several reasons why the attic is such a killer of energy efficiency. One such reason is the sheer surface area which is exposed to the outside air. To prevent temperature controlled air from escaping, you need insulation. In the attic, you need a lot of insulation. And you need to keep it maintained. Often, maintenance in the attic is overlooked or put off because it is inconvenient, out of the way, and out of sight.
That is going to be it for today. Check back soon for more information on attics, energy efficiency, and general home maintenance.