Save Money by Increasing Attic Insulation in Houston
Having the right amount of insulation in your attic can make your Houston home more comfortable throughout the year. Increased energy efficiency could also help you save money on heating and cooling bills.
Do you have the correct amount of insulation? Probably not. A recent study by the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association found 90 percent of homes in the U.S. don’t have enough insulation. If every home in the country was properly insulated to today’s building code, the Boston University School of Public Health discovered it would cut electric consumption by 37 billion kilowatts. That’s enough electricity to power 3.4 million American homes each year!
Does My Home Have Enough Insulation?
You can measure existing insulation to determine if you have an adequate amount in your attic. If it’s shallower than 7” deep, your home is lacks enough insulation. In Houston, 13-14” deep is recommended.
Additionally, if your home is more than 10 years old, you’ll likely need deeper insulation.
Enhancing your insulation levels could positively change your energy bills, saving you up to 20 percent.** It can supply 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 types 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 provides the most insulation. It also offers an extensive barrier against air, vapor and water.
Open-cell foam spreads when applied, filling cracks and other inaccessible spaces. It’s best for blocking air but isn’t completely waterproof.
Both types of spray foam insulation may even help absorb noise.
Loose Fill and Batt Insulation
Loose fill insulation is blown in using special machinery, while batt insulation is rolls that can be trimmed to fit. Insulating material can include fiberglass, cellulose, mineral wool and cotton.
Insulation is ranked for its resistance to heat flow. This is also known as the R-value. Different levels are recommended based on where you live.
Church Services can help you determine what variety of insulation is best for the climate in Houston and your home’s needs. Our insulation installers provide 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.