Proper insulation in your home is super important if you want to stay comfortable year-round. Comfort is our business here at Engineered Air, so we want to give you all the information you need to know about how to know if your home has proper insulation. Keep reading for all of our expert insulation tips.
What is Insulation and Why Do I Need it Anyway?
Insulation serves as a blanket for our home’s walls and slows the transfer of heat. Since heat always moves from a warmer source to a colder a one, insulation helps keep heat inside in cold climates and outside in warm climates. Home insulation does more to keep your home cool than warm in Florida, but in either situation, insulation also improves the efficiency of your home’s heating and cooling system and saves you money!
How Much Insulation Does Your Home Need?
In Florida, the more insulation, the better. As a general guideline, if the insulation in your attic does not come above the top of your floor joists, you need more. The U.S. Department of Energy has come up with a more specific form of measurement, using a scale of values, called r-values, to determine how much insulation is needed for homes in different parts of the country.
The higher your r-value, the longer it takes for heat to pass through your walls. In Florida, the r-value for attics ranges from 30 to 60. That’s a pretty large range, but it’s generally accepted to use an r-value of 38 for most homes. This translates to 12 inches of insulation. So, if you live in Florida, the insulation in your attic should be at least 12 inches thick. It’s also not uncommon to see 15 to 18 inches of insulation in some attics.
When it comes to your home’s exterior walls, it’s best to keep them completely filled with insulation. The insulation should extend from floor to ceiling, filling any gaps and wrapping tightly around wiring, electrical boxes, plumbing pipes and ductwork.
With proper insulation, your home will stay cooler when it’s hot out and warmer when it’s cold out. And even better … it’ll save you money on your energy bills.
Benefits of New Insulation
New insulation touts numerous benefits for both you and your home. For starters, insulation is one of the most practical (and cost effective!) ways to ensure your house is energy efficient as it keeps homes cool in the summer and warm in the winter. In fact, proper insulation can save you up to 40% on your energy bills. While cost effectiveness is without a doubt one of the biggest perks, here are some of the other benefits you’ll experience with new insulation:
- Improved Energy Efficiency
- Reduced Energy Usage
- Lowered Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- Reduced Reliance on HVAC Systems
- Improved Indoor Air Quality
Contact HVAC Expert Technicians at Engineered Air for Home Insulation Help
At Engineered Air, your home’s comfort is our highest priority. We want your home to stay comfy and warm this winter and cool and calm in the summer so let us ensure that your insulation is up to date. When you call Engineered Air, one of our trained technicians will be able to diagnose and assess any issues that may be hindering your home’s insulation.