Save Money by Increasing Attic Insulation in Austin
Having the proper amount of insulation in your attic can make your Austin home more pleasant all year long. Increased energy efficiency could also help you save money on energy bills.
Do you have the right amount of insulation? Probably not. A recent study by the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association found 90 percent of homes in the U.S. lack enough insulation. If every home in the country was suitably insulated to current 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 every year!
Does My Home Have Enough Insulation?
You can measure existing insulation to learn if you have an adequate amount in your attic. If it’s lower than 7” deep, your home is underinsulated. In Austin, 13-14” deep is recommended.
Additionally, if your home is more than 10 years old, you’ll likely need increased insulation.
Enhancing your insulation levels could positively change your energy bills, saving you up to 20 percent.** It can provide a vapor barrier against humidity, stop air leaks and may lessen wear and tear on your HVAC system.
Types of Attic Insulation
There are three kinds of attic insulation—spray foam, loose fill and batt.
Spray foam insulation uses liquids that change into a foam on contact. Closed- or open-cell applications can be used in attics.
Closed-cell foam supplies the most insulation. It also offers a broad barrier against air, vapor and water.
Open-cell foam widens when applied, stopping cracks and other hard-to-reach spaces. It’s best for blocking air but isn’t fully waterproof.
Both types of spray foam insulation may even help dampen noise.
Loose Fill and Batt Insulation
Loose fill insulation is blown in with special machinery, while batt insulation is rolls that can be trimmed to fit. Insulating material can contain fiberglass, cellulose, mineral wool and cotton.
Insulation is ranked for its resistance to heat flow. This is also called the R-value. Certain levels are recommended based on where you live.
Strand Brothers Service Experts can help you figure out what kind of insulation is best for the climate in Austin and your home’s needs. Our insulation installers deliver a full range of quality insulation services backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year.
Get started by asking us for a home comfort consultation and free estimate today.