Save Money by Increasing Attic Insulation in Hurricane
Having the proper amount of insulation in your attic can make your Hurricane home more pleasant throughout the year. Increased energy efficiency could also help you save money on utility bills.
Do you have the correct amount of insulation? Probably not. A recent study by the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association determined 90 percent of homes in the U.S. don’t have enough insulation. If every home in the country was suitably insulated to today’s building code, the Boston University School of Public Health found it would reduce electric consumption by 37 billion kilowatts. That’s enough electricity to power 3.4 million American homes every year!
Does My Home Have Enough Insulation?
You can check existing insulation to find out if you have a sufficient amount in your attic. If it’s lower than 7” deep, your home is underinsulated. In Hurricane, 16-18” deep is recommended.
Additionally, if your home is more than 10 years old, you’ll likely need more insulation.
Strengthening your insulation levels could positively change your energy bills, saving you up to 20 percent.** It can provide a vapor barrier against humidity, stop air leaks and may limit wear and tear on your HVAC system.
Types of Attic Insulation
There are three kinds of attic insulation—spray foam, loose fill and batt.
Spray foam insulation uses liquids that turn into a foam on contact. Closed- or open-cell applications can be used in attics.
Closed-cell foam gives the most insulation. It also offers a broad barrier against air, vapor and water.
Open-cell foam widens when applied, filling cracks and other hard-to-reach spaces. It’s best for stopping air but isn’t 100 percent waterproof.
Both types of spray foam insulation may even help absorb noise.
Loose Fill and Batt Insulation
Loose fill insulation is blown in with special machinery, while batt insulation is rolls that can be trimmed to fit. Insulating material can involve fiberglass, cellulose, mineral wool and cotton.
Insulation is graded for its resistance to heat flow. This is also known as the R-value. Certain levels are recommended based on where you live.
Teays Valley Service Experts can help you identify what kind of insulation is best for the climate in Hurricane and your home’s needs. Our insulation installers deliver a full range of excellent insulation services backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year.
Get started by requesting a home comfort consultation and free estimate today.