One of the most cost affective ways to lower your energy bills and keep your home consistently comfortable is to add attic insulation.
Attic insulation will drastically reduce the amount of temperature swings that your house experiences with the weather changes in Texas. With a properly insulated attic, the temperature in your home will remain fairly balanced, increasing your comfort in every room.
According to the US Department of energy, heating and cooling account for 56% of the energy used in the average American home. Inadequate insulation in attic's is one of the leading causes of energy waste. Your HVAC system has to work extra hard to maintain a consistent temperature in your home and if your attic is not properly insulated, the air escapes through the attic causing your air systems to work even harder. This of course raises your energy bills.
If your home is as little as 5 to 10 years old or older then you most likely have one of the 46 million under-insulated homes in the US. Properly insulating and ventilating your attic space can reduce your energy cost's by up to 25%
Proper ventilation of the attic space can help prevent damage and premature aging caused by moisture in the winter and excess heat in the summer. It will:
Attic Ventilation is another area that can make a big difference in your energy cost's and the comfort of your home.
A 5H home Energy Team member can come to your home and evaluate how much insulation you have now and how much needs to be added.
Let a 5H Home Energy Team member come evaluate your attic ventilation and advise you of any needed upgrades.
In order to create a consistent flow of cool, dry air through your attic, you need to make sure the air has a way to come in and go out. For a roof, intake is usually achieved through eave and soffit vents, while exhaust is achieved through vents in the gables, deck or ridge. It's important there is a balance between the intake and exhaust ventilation to help ensure air flows smoothly and efficiently.