Attic Insulation Shouldn’t Be Overlooked – Roofer South Florida
More than ½ of your home’s energy dollars are spent cooling the air space within your walls. Making sure your home is well insulated is one way to prevent heat from invading through open gaps in your attic walls, rafters and joists. If your home was built prior to 1980, there’s a good chance that you’re under insulated. With the intense South Florida heat and scorching sun, having an attic space that’s under-insulated is equal to throwing money down the drain.
Plenty of Florida homes, especially in the southern part of the state, are built with energy savings in mind. However, simply having an insulated roof isn’t enough to keep the South Florida heat from entering your home and overworking your AC unit. Attic insulation is an essential component of keeping your home cool and comfortable.
When preparing to upgrade your attic insulation, consider the R-value of the insulating material. R-value is simply the measure of insulation’s resistance to energy flow, or how well the insulating material prevents loss of energy by keeping hot air out and cool air in. The higher the number of your R-value, the thicker and more dense the attic insulation and the better it will be at preventing air flow, thus keeping your home cooler longer.
Before you increase your R-value, understand that there are other factors involved. Your home’s structure has much to do with the type of attic insulating material you’ll need, and how and where it’ll be applied for optimum energy savings. Some homes require a mix of materials and R-values to ensure protection against hot air entering your house through a variety of ways.
Once you’ve upgraded your attic insulation be sure to inquire about tax incentives and possible rebates for home improvement. The laws change, however there are frequently incentives available. The savings you’ll realize won’t just end with your power bills. By upgrading the insulation in your attic, you’ll help prevent warping and damage to your roof as well.
The investment you make in upgrading your insulation to a higher R-factor will soon pay off in the lower energy bills you receive. Typical savings tend to be around 10-20 percent of your usual electric bill. Of course these savings may differ depending on the individual home, square footage, and size of your attic. Check with Chase Roofing and Contracting for ideas on how to save on energy bills.