Most homeowners assume that the primary use of their attic is extra storage space for their house. However, the primary purpose of an attic is to regulate the temperature of your roof. Ideally, this is achieved through efficient attic insulation and ventilation techniques.
If insulated correctly, your attic will prevent warm air from escaping from the house during the cold winter months and entering in the summer. This helps to regulate your living environment year-round, reducing the workload of your HVAC unit and ultimately lowering fuel costs.
Proper Attic Ventilation
When working with attic insulation, it’s necessary to encourage air flow or ventilation. This is, essentially, letting your home breath, either through natural ventilation or fan ventilation.
Natural ventilation occurs when you install air vents in your attic space to allow natural air to flow through the insulated area; this stops your house from becoming too warm in summer and too cold in the winter. It is crucial that the correct sealants are used around any vents to prevent air leaks that may compromise the effectiveness of the ventilation.
Fan ventilation is a method used to cool down your attic in the warmer months by pushing hot air out and drawing cool air in, assisting your HVAC unit in temperature regulation. If, however, your attic is not correctly insulated, cold conditioned air will be pulled up and pushed out of the house. As a result, your HVAC unit will have to work harder, ultimately increasing your energy costs.
How Do I Know If My Attic is Properly Insulated?
There are several tell-tale signs that your attic may require more insulation. The presence of ice dams on your eaves in the winter, drafty rooms, uneven heat throughout your home and high energy bills all indicate that your attic insulation may be subpar.
Also, look at your attic floor. If there are gaps between the floor joists and the insulation, then air is most likely escaping, reducing the effectiveness of your attic insulation.
What Can I Do to Improve My Attic Efficiency?
There are small changes you can make around your home to improve efficiency, such as adding more insulation to your attic floor and sealing gaps around your windows, pipes, and vents to prevent air from escaping.
However, if you feel it may be time to do a complete upgrade of your home insulation, contact Authentic Restoration today for a full assessment. Your home will thank you for it!