While most of the country is concerned with keep their homes warm during the winter months, homeowners in southern Florida typically don’t worry as much about it. Sure, there are some chilly nights, but your greatest concern likely is keeping heat out and air conditioning in during most of the year. That’s why checking your attic insulation may not be at the top of your to-do list. However, it should be, as your attic insulation is your first and best defense in the fight to lower your energy bills and ensure that your home maintains a consistent and comfortable temperature all year long.
Experts recommend that attic insulation in the South Florida area be between R-30 and R-49. The R-value of insulation indicates its effectiveness at resisting heat transfer. Different types of insulation have different R-values. You should measure your insulation, and multiply it by these standard figures to find out your current attic R-factor:
- For loose fibers, multiply the depth by 2.5 for fiberglass, or 3.7 for cellulose or newsprint.
- For granules like vermiculite, multiply the depth by 2.7.
- For fiberglass batts, multiply by 3.2.
Once you’ve determined the current R-value of your attic’s insulation, you’ll know exactly how much insulation you need to add to keep your home cool and comfortable during the hottest days of the summer and warm during winter’s chilly nights. Most homeowners add simple rolls of fiberglass insulation, as these are the easiest type to install without specialized equipment.
For more information and advice about attic insulation, or for help determining how much you need and how to install it, contact the experts at Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning, Inc.We’re been one of the most respected air-conditioning companies in the Palm Beach area, and have proudly served residential and commercial customers since 1979.
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