While the attic often gets overlooked, it is integral to your home’s energy efficiency. A range of factors can make attics less energy efficient. Poor or inadequate insulation, improperly fitted soffit eave vents, improperly fitted recessed lighting, heat lost due to pull-down stairs, ineffective radiant barriers, and the HVAC installation can all cause air to escape from the attic, making attics less energy efficient.
Since half of the total energy used in households goes to heating and air-conditioning, the attic plays a crucial role in a home’s energy efficiency. An attic with an ineffective ventilation system causes a significant strain on the cooling and heating systems in a home.
There are numerous reasons why an attic becomes energy inefficient. Most of these reasons are overlooked, especially to people without the technical insight in home energy efficiency. Things like the ductwork, the accompanying vents and fans, the insulation resistance to conductive heat flow, and insulation all play a significant role in determining the energy efficiency of an attic. Some other subtle factors that determine the energy costs of an attic include the presence of recessed lighting, the presence of fans, installed HVAC equipment, and open spaces that let air out of the attic.
The presence of all these factors can help you understand energy conservation problems in your attic, and they similarly give you a concise estimate of your home’s energy cost. Use them to not only make your home more energy efficient but also transform it into a green home.
• Installing an Attic Radiant Barrier can bring your AC costs by as much as 10%
An attic radiant barrier greatly reduces heat gain over the summer as well as reducing heat loss during the winter bringing down cooling costs.
• Moisture and mould buildup
Moisture and mould affect the ventilation in your attic. Poor ventilation makes it almost impossible to efficiently regulate the heat in your attic and home.
The majority of attics insulation fitting do not meet the Guidelines of the U.S. Department of Energy. Taking the Do-It-Yourself approach rarely guarantees the insulation meets the guidelines. It is best to seek professional insulation installation from the Home Insulator for the best results. With professional help, your attic will be energy efficient, saving you money in heating and cooling costs. We also show you how to transform your home into an energy efficient oasis using quality insulations and sealing spaces that let air escape.
Fans and Vents in the Attic
Our professional insulation installers also explain how to install efficient attic vent and fan systems to make it more energy efficient. We will install new vents and fans or replace defective ones to give your attic optimal energy efficiency. With the proper ventilation and vents, moisture and mould will not constantly degrade the energy efficiency of your attic or damage other fittings such as roof shingles.
The Attic Radiant Barrier
The Radiant Barrier in the attic acts as a shield between the sun and the interior of your house. During summer, the radiant barrier keeps your attic from overheating and the rest of the house cool without overexerting your AC. During winter, the radiant barrier traps heat in the attic, keeping the entire house warm without placing undue demands on your heating system and associated costs.