In our most recent post here at the Parker & Sons’ blog, we introduced the topic of energy efficiency and discussed how your energy efficiency is likely being negatively impacted by your attic. Attics are an often ignored placed in here in Arizona. In fact, it is not uncommon for homeowners to completely forget that an attic is part of their home! This ends up exacerbating the problem. The condition of their attic deteriorates, cause the rate of energy loss to increase, sometimes dramatically. The next logical question is, what can I do to prevent this. I love my precious energy. I spend good, good money on all of that energy, and it is just escaping through my attic! Time to make some changes.
Fortifying Existing Insulation
The first step on combating energy loss via the attic (which is really the loss of temperature controlled air) is to fortify your existing insulation. Often, insulation is insufficient in hard to reach areas such as in the corners of the attic. Here is the thing about insulation and energy loss – if you are not FULLY insulated, temperature controlled air WILL find a way out. It can sneak through the smallest crack, or the thinnest wall.
A word on R-value
Insulation is rated by R-value, which rates how effective the insulation is at resisting heat exchange. The higher the R-value, the more resist the insulation is at transferring heat, which means the better it is at maintaining the interior temperature of your home, which further means you are saving energy and money! When you are thinking about fortifying your existing insulation, or adding new insulation think of it as an investment. Sure, you are going to have to spend some money upfront, but you will begin to save money almost immediately. Insulation is an investment that always pays off in the long run.