10 Jan Ann Arbor Area Homeowners – Stay Warm This Winter With Plenty of Attic Insulation
Every Michigan homeowner knows that winters can be brutal in the area, and if your home isn’t ready you will face higher energy costs, not to mention a home that isn’t warm and toasty. One of the easiest ways to ensure your utility bills are their lowest and your family stays warm is to beef up your attic insulation. However, you may need to have your home evaluated by an experienced HVAC contractor to determine if you need more insulation.
If your attic lacks sufficient insulation, heat is literally escaping through your roof. Insulation acts as a “thermal barrier,” keeping the warm air in your living spaces.
Why is attic insulation so important?
You probably already know that heat rises. It’s the same with heat generated by your furnace! If your attic lacks sufficient insulation, heat is literally escaping through your roof. Insulation acts as a “thermal barrier,” keeping the warm air in your living spaces. Not only that, but heat that escapes due to insufficient insulation in your attic can lead to other damage. For instance, heat from your attic can actually melt the ice or snow on your roof, resulting in ice in the gutters should the melted snow or ice re-freeze.
How much attic insulation is enough?
The smartest thing you can do is to work with your HVAC contractor who can inspect what you already have to determine if it is sufficient, its thermal resistance, and R-value. Recommendations for Michigan in terms of R-value range from R-38 to R060 according to the U.S. Department of Energy. If you cannot see the floor joist underneath your attic insulation, it may be sufficiently insulated. It’s best to have an HVAC professional evaluate your particular needs, determine which type is best suited to your home, and how much insulation should be added.