Most southeast Michigan homeowners do not realize the impact their attic makes as far as heat gain in summer months and heat loss during the cold winter months. This results in wasted energy, not to mention money. Thankfully there are solutions to prevent energy loss and the resulting costs, which we will reveal below.
Air leaks are common in the attic and may occur around exhaust fans, flues, plumbing pipes, recessed lights, and other areas. When it comes to air infiltration and energy loss, insulation is a good idea – but it is not enough. To ensure air leaks are eliminated, seal the leaks first using expandable foam, flashing, or materials designed for use with fixtures that become hot such as fire-safe caulk for flues. You can then address the problem of poor insulation.
R-value is an insulation term you should be familiar with and is a rating that indicates the insulation’s efficiency for resisting heat transfer per inch. For homeowners in Ann Arbor or other areas of southeast Michigan, the minimum value recommended is R-49 to R-60. Essentially, the higher the R-value, the more effective the insulation is at resisting heat flow.
You may have poor insulation which could be attributed to one or more of the following factors:
Uneven areas of insulation are not uncommon, and can be caused by architectural features or poor installation. Insulation should be installed at a correct and uniform depth for it to be its most effective.
In efforts to cuts costs, sometimes homeowners or even the contractors who originally built the home may have skimped on the amount of insulation installed in the attic.
Insulation can become damaged over time due to a leaky roof and the resulting water damage, high humidity, even rodents who find insulation the perfect home and may build nests in it, trample around on it, and cause it to become displaced.
It is not difficult to remedy the situation if your attic is costing you in terms of energy loss and money. However, it is much easier if you hire a professional contractor to perform the work. Should you choose the DIY approach, be sure to wear the proper gear and step cautiously around in the attic.
Need more energy savings tips? Contact the professionals at Haley Mechanical today!