Save Money by Increasing Attic Insulation in Austin
Having the right amount of insulation in your attic can make your Austin home more comfortable throughout the seasons. Increased energy efficiency could also help you save money on heating and cooling expenses.
Do you have the right amount of insulation? Probably not. A recent study by the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association determined 90 percent of homes in the U.S. are underinsulated. If every home in the country was appropriately insulated to modern building code, the Boston University School of Public Health determined it would cut electric consumption by 37 billion kilowatts. That’s enough electricity to power 3.4 million American homes each year!
Does My Home Have Enough Insulation?
You can assess existing insulation to find out if you have enough in your attic. If it’s less than 7” deep, your home is underinsulated. In Austin, 16-18” deep is recommended.
Additionally, if your home is more than 10 years old, you’ll likely need deeper insulation.
Building up your insulation levels could positively affect your energy bills, saving you up to 20 percent.** It can supply a vapor barrier against humidity, stop air leaks and may limit wear and tear on your HVAC system.
Types of Attic Insulation
There are three types of attic insulation—spray foam, loose fill and batt.
Spray foam insulation combines liquids that turn into a foam on contact. Closed- or open-cell applications can be used in attics.
Closed-cell foam provides the most insulation. It also offers a comprehensive barrier against air, vapor and water.
Open-cell foam expands when applied, stopping cracks and other spaces that are hard to get to. It’s best for stopping air but isn’t fully waterproof.
Both types of spray foam insulation may even help dampen noise.
Loose Fill and Batt Insulation
Loose fill insulation is blown in through special machinery, while batt insulation is rolls that can be trimmed to fit. Insulating material can involve fiberglass, cellulose, mineral wool and cotton.
Insulation is ranked for its resistance to heat flow. This is also known as the R-value. Different levels are recommended based on where you live.
Strand Brothers Service Experts can help you figure out what variety of insulation is best for the climate in Austin and your home’s needs. Our insulation installers deliver a full range of excellent insulation services backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year.
Get started by requesting a home comfort consultation and free estimate today.