Most people don’t give much thought to their attics and how they are connected to the energy efficiency of their homes. Aside from a place to stow away items, attics are rarely used. A poorly insulated and maintained attic can actually increase your energy bills and bring mold and mildew into your home. This is why evaluating your attic and making sure that you have a good ventilation system and proper insulation is so important.
How Poor Ventilation Hurts Your Home
Hot air and moisture often enter your home through your attic. A poorly ventilated attic will not allow enough of this heat to escape, forcing it into the rest of your home. The result is an extra drain on your air conditioning unit, which will work overtime to keep your home cool. In some instances, the air conditioning system is unable to keep up on days that are excessively hot.
If you have a poorly ventilated attic, you may be unable to expel unwanted moisture as well. Mold and mildew need moisture to survive and reproduce. If you trap moisture in your home inadvertently, you are also inviting these hazards into the rest of your home.
The way to address these problems is to make sure that you have vents in the attic that create airflow. This draws heat out of your attic rather than allowing it to move through your home. Making sure that you have proper insulation is also an important step toward protecting your home and lowering your energy bills.
How Insulation Can Lower Your Energy Bill
Insulation doesn’t just keep heat or cold from escaping your home. It also prevents it from entering, reducing the workload of your HVAC system. When your air conditioning isn’t required to work as hard or as long, it can drastically reduce your electricity bill. Insulating your attic will also help maintain your home’s temperature so that your air conditioner is not required to turn itself on as frequently.
Making your home as energy efficient as possible won’t merely reduce your energy bills. It will also help reduce your carbon footprint by reducing the amount of energy required to maintain a cool home. For many, the environmental benefit is enough alone to spur them to make improvements.
Only professional insulation services are equipped to determine whether you have the insulation and ventilation you need to maintain optimum energy efficiency. Many people attempt to address these problems on their own, but find that they are unable to achieve the desired result. It can be more expensive and time-consuming to do it yourself, and you are better off entrusting this to the professionals.
Have Your Home Evaluated for Free
King Insulation has served the Phoenix area for 30 years. We will help you find the most affordable, effective, and energy-efficient solution for your home. During a free home audit, we can let you know how effective your current ventilation and insulation is and then discuss products and materials that fit your unique needs. Give us a call at 602-272-9297 or fill out our online form to learn more.