Your attic may be the place in your home dedicated to storing boxes of old photos or past Christmas decorations. It’s an area that you probably don’t give much thought to, but when it comes to energy efficiency, it’s actually surprisingly important.
In the home efficiency audits our team performs on homes in the Austin area, we see time and time again just how much energy is wasted in the attic. In order for a home to be energy efficient and comfortable, the attic needs to be addressed. So while it may seem that the attic is just a superfluous space in your home, it’s actually the most important in helping you spend less on energy bills and getting comfortable year-round. The solutions your attic needs are:
A blower door test and infrared thermal imaging verify just how much air leaks into and out of your home on a regular basis. By air sealing your attic, the free transfer of air can be reduced. This will help keep hot outdoor air from entering during the hot months and keep warm, heated air inside during cool winter nights.
Insulation works to regulate your home’s temperature. High R-value, or high thermal resistance, insulation prevents excessive heat transfer. Insulating the attic with spray foam to help air seal and then further increasing the insulation R-value with fiberglass is a huge step in the right direction to a truly energy efficient and comfortable home.
Attic ventilation helps to reduce heat buildup in the attic and the home during the hot seasons. In the winter, ventilation in the attic reduces excess moisture in the attic which can lead to indoor air quality issues. Ventilating can save money and keep your home healthy by reducing the chance of mold growth in the attic.
A radiant barrier on your home’s roof helps to prevent heat from radiating into your attic. By decreasing the amount of heat that comes into your attic, your home stays that much cooler in the Texas sun.
The Benefits of Upgrading Your Attic with Hill Country Insulation
Hill Country Insulation wants to increase your comfort at home while helping you save on utility bills and decrease your home’s carbon emissions. Upgrading the attic with a holistic approach via air sealing, insulation, ventilation and a radiant barrier will keep your home more comfortable during every season. It will also help decrease your energy bills and reduce the carbon emissions your home produces.