Whether it’s spring, summer, winter or fall, keeping your home in the South Texas region comfortable is all about beating the heat. That’s because in any season, heat naturally flows from warmer to cooler areas, which is the wrong direction when it comes to your comfort. The proper amount of attic insulation prevents warm air from escaping through the roof in the winter and builds an effective barrier against summer heat gain too. Other year-round benefits include lower energy bills and a healthier home.
How Much Is Enough?
An insulating material’s R-Value indicates its ability to resist the natural flow of heat. The higher the number, the better the insulation can minimize heat gain or heat loss. For homes in South Texas, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends R-Values between R30 and R60. If the existing insulation in your attic isn’t deep enough to cover the floor joists, it’s time to add more.
In addition to enhancing your comfort, attic insulation offers financial savings every month of the year, money that can help you reach goals like sending your children to college or taking a dream vacation. Here are just some of the ways that adequate insulation saves you money while improving your home environment:
- By reducing heat loss during the winter, insulation allows your furnace to run on shorter cycles so that it lasts longer, needs fewer repairs and costs less to operate.
- During the warm-weather months, insulation helps to optimize your air conditioner’s ability to dehumidify the air, which not only lowers AC costs but improves indoor air quality as well.
- Adding insulation to your attic can qualify you for local, state, and federal tax credits as well as energy-saving rebates offered by your utility company.
The cramped environment of an attic can make a DIY installation a tough task, but there’s no reason to tackle the job on your own. At Wood Comfort Systems, our insulation specialists have the equipment, experience, and expertise it takes to ensure quality results. For more information, check out our attic insulation services or call 512-842-5066.
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