Save Money by Increasing Attic Insulation in Dallas
Having the correct amount of insulation in your attic can make your Dallas home more pleasant throughout the year. Higher energy efficiency could also help you save money on utility expenses.
Do you have the proper amount of insulation? Probably not. A recent study by the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association discovered 90 percent of homes in the U.S. don’t have enough insulation. If every home in the country was properly insulated to today’s 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 learn if you have a sufficient amount in your attic. If it’s less than 7” deep, your home is lacks enough insulation. In Dallas, 13-14” deep is recommended.
Additionally, if your home is more than 10 years old, you’ll likely need increased insulation.
Building up your insulation levels could positively impact 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 varieties 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 broad barrier against air, vapor and water.
Open-cell foam widens when applied, filling cracks and other hard-to-reach spaces. It’s best for obstructing air but isn’t 100 percent waterproof.
Both types of spray foam insulation may even help dampen noise.
Loose Fill and Batt Insulation
Loose fill insulation is blown in using special machinery, while batt insulation is rolls that can be trimmed to fit. Insulating material can include fiberglass, cellulose, mineral wool and cotton.
Insulation is rated for its resistance to heat flow. This is also called the R-value. Different levels are recommended based on where you live.
Levy & Son Service Experts can help you determine what variety of insulation is best for the climate in Dallas and your home’s needs. Our insulation installers deliver a full range of quality insulation services backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year.
Get started by asking us for a home comfort consultation and free estimate today.