Many homeowners assume that if they have attic insulation, their home in Dallas, Austin, or Fort Worth is as energy efficient as possible. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case – if you’ve noticed that you’re spending more time than usual in front of the thermostat, or that your heating and cooling costs are increasing, chances are your home is not properly insulated.
For many years, foam and fiberglass attic insulation was the industry standard and it did a decent job of maintaining the temperature of your home. This type of insulation protects against convection – the loss of hot air as it moves upward to cooler areas – and conduction – the loss of heat through a certain material, such as wooden rafters, tar paper, or window glass. However, emission – the escape or absorption of heat through the radiation of electromagnetic waves – is actually the primary way that your home loses energy, which is what really forces heating and cooling systems to work overtime. This means that your home needs to be outfitted with radiant barrier attic insulation, a reflective insulation that deflects heat, thus preventing hot air from escaping in the winter or infiltrating during the summer.
A home energy audit is helpful to determine if your attic insulation is sufficient or if you are in need of radiant barrier insulation. During an audit, the assessor will likely take into account the square footage of your home, how many people live there, and if you use any fuels in addition to electricity, like natural gas, propane, kerosene, coal, or wood. The technician will also want to know your estimated heating and cooling costs over the period of one year.
The insulation experts at Statewide Remodeling would be happy to come to your home and assess the overall energy efficiency of your residence. We can advise you about the need for radiant barrier insulation in the attic, basement, garage, roof, or crawlspaces. You’ll receive a free estimate, and our experienced technicians can answer any questions you have about additional money-saving upgrades, like energy efficient replacement windows, siding, solar products, and more. Contact us today.
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