INSULATION IS IMPORTANT IN SUMMER
Many people associate attic insulation with keeping homes warm in winter, but attic insulation is just as important in summer. Attic insulation keeps hot attic air from transferring to living spaces below.
HEAT TRANSFER FROM THE ATTIC
During summer months, heat can build up in your attic. Without proper insulation, 25 percent or more of that heat can transfer to living spaces below. This causes you to run your air conditioner longer to achieve desired room temperatures.
MOST ATTICS IN THE US ARE UNDER INSULATED
Research studies have revealed that the vast majority of US homes are not sufficiently insulated to current energy standards. Building codes for new homes have increased attic insulation requirements, but older homes are poorly insulated and could benefit from increasing attic insulation levels.
WEAR AND TEAR ON YOUR AIR CONDITIONER
Running your air conditioner more often not only costs you more on monthly utility bills, the added wear and tear will shorten the lifespan of your cooling system leading to premature repairs and/or replacement.
WITHOUT AIR CONDITIONING
Heat buildup in your attic can be intolerable if you don’t have air conditioning. While fans and open windows may help, during the hottest hours on long summer days, it can be miserable for occupants.
ATTIC INSULATION ROI
Attic insulation is again Remodeling Magazine publishes an annual Cost vs. Value report for home improvement investment in which they show national and regional average prices for a set of typical home improvements then measure the return on the investment.
In 2016 & 2017 fiberglass insulation in the Midwest region top the list for best return on investment both years, scoring 107% returning more value than the existing investment, and the only upgrade on the list to do so.
You can read more about this study by following this link to Remodeling Magazine here:
ATTIC VENTILATION IS ALSO IMPORTANT
Attic insulation can dramatically reduce heat transfer and help to cut cooling costs if you run an air conditioner. But insulation alone won’t prevent heat buildup in your attic. The right combination of attic ventilation and sufficient attic insulation is the key to a cool attic and a cooler home in summer. Click here to learn more about attic ventilation.
AFFORDABLE UPGRADES THAT PAY FOR THEMSELVES
Attic insulation and ventilation pay for themselves over time by reducing utility costs all year round by as much as 40%, extending the life of your air conditioners, and protecting your roof from damage from heat in summer and moisture in winter.
We are Attic Air, serving Chicago and all Suburbs. Call us for a free attic assessment of your attic insulation and ventilation. You can reach us at 630.830.3870