When you think of staying cool during a hot Central Texas summer, insulation is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. If you’ve found it challenging keeping your Austin home cool, or if your heating and cooling expenses are starting to skyrocket, attic insulation might be the solution you’ve been searching for to improve your home comfort and help you beat the heat.
How Does Insulation Cool Your Home?
Heat flows from warm to cool. Insulation provides a barrier that slows this heat transfer. In the summer, insulation blocks attic heat from coming into your home; in the winter, insulation keeps the warm air inside your home from leaking into your attic.
How Much Insulation Do You Need?
Insulation’s ability to slow down heat transfer is measured by its R-value. The higher the R-value is, the greater the insulating power. For Central Texas attics, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends an R-value between 30 and 60. If your home is 10 years old or older, you probably don’t have enough insulation.
Increased Energy Efficiency
During the summer, the heat in your attic can reach up to 160 degrees. If this heat seeps into your home, your air conditioner will have to work extra hard to keep your indoor environment cool. Adding attic insulation increases your home’s energy efficiency and can save you up to $600 a year on heating and cooling costs.
Insulation Troubleshooting Pros
Wood Comfort System has 60 years of experience helping residents combat Austin’s hot, humid summers. If you are among the 90 percent of homes nationwide that are under insulated, we can guide you toward a solution that will keep you comfortable on the hottest summer day.
Don’t let the Central Texas heat make your home unbearable this summer. For more information about how insulating your attic can help you beat the heat, check out Wood Comfort System’s attic insulation solutions or call 512-842-5066 .