Attic Insulation — Just as Important in the Summer Months
You may think that attic insulation is important just in the winter, when Colorado’s cold breezes can easily seep into your home. Actually, attic insulation is just as important in the summer. Here’s why:
It gets hot up there
On a warm day in Colorado, the heat in an attic can soar to 150 degrees. Maybe you think that’s not a problem if you don’t use your attic, but the heat doesn’t just stay there. If your attic isn’t insulated, it will radiate through the ceiling into your living space. This will force your air conditioner to work harder to keep you comfortable and drive up your cooling costs.
And it’s not just the heat
A hot attic–especially one that’s not sufficiently ventilated–invites mold and mildew. This can be very unhealthy, especially if any of your family members have respiratory issues. It can also damage anything you store in the attic. Eventually, it can cause structural damage.
To conserve your energy dollars and protect any valuables in your attic, tend to both insulation and ventilation. Your attic should have sufficient vents and perhaps even a fan to draw in cool air on hot days. As for insulation, you can use either loose fill or batts. Your insulation should have an R-value of 49. Don’t forget to seal air leaks around any pipes, cables or wires coming into your attic, and weatherstrip around any windows, as well as the attic hatch or door.
After you’ve insulated and ventilated your attic, you can watch your energy bills go down, even if the temperature is still climbing. Are you looking for other ways to make your Fort Collins-area home energy efficient? Call Balance Point Heating & Cooling. We’d be happy to answer any of your questions. And if you need a new cooling or heating system, we’d be happy to help you find the one that meets your exact requirements.