Though you may not ever give it much thought, your attic is capable of reaching temperatures of up to 200 degrees, which can increase your utility bill by as much as 20 percent. Taking the time to ensure that your attic insulation and ventilation is up to snuff will boost your home comfort and promote energy savings.
What’s the big deal about attic insulation and ventilation?
When the heat from your home naturally rises to your attic, it needs a place to escape. If your attic’s ventilation is lacking or is clogged, hot air will continue to build up in your space until it has no place to go except back into your home.
And that heat is capable of radiating through your house’s ceilings, causing your air conditioner to re-cool the same hot air again and again. Your attic’s insulation is intended to act as a barrier to this heat, however, if you do not have enough of it, your home is defenseless. In this way, your attic’s ventilation and insulation work together as a team to boost your air conditioner’s efficiency.
How can attic insulation and ventilation be improved?
It is wise to enlist the help of an HVAC contractor to compare your current insulation’s R-value (resistance to heat) with the R-value that is recommended for the eastern Palm Beach area by the U.S. Department of Energy. If your contractor determines that you need more insulation, he or she will help you decide how much to add, and what what type will serve you best.
It is also important that you regularly check your attic’s vents and clear out any debris that may be clogging them. To assist the process of natural ventilation of existing attic vents, talk to your contractor about installing an attic fan, a simple and affordable solution to increasing air circulation and air change-overs in your attic, helping to cool down the space and save you energy.
For more expert advice on attic insulation and ventilation, contact the professionals at Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning. We have proudly been serving the eastern Palm Beach, northern Broward and southern Martin County areas of Florida since 1979.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Palm Beach County, Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about insulation and ventilation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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