Anyone who lives in the San Antonio area knows that summers can be extremely hot and uncomfortable even inside your home, if your attic isn’t insulated properly. While you may not realize it, outside air can seep in to your home through the attic. Not only does hot or cold air make the indoor air more uncomfortable, it causes your heat/air system to work overtime, costing you money.
One thing many homeowners fail to think about when it comes to the insulation in their attic is whether or not it is in good condition. Rodents, moth infestation and mildew can wreak havoc; rodents like nothing better than to nest in this type of material.
Adding insulation or replacing what you now have can make a difference in the comfort level, and make your home more energy efficient. It is recommended that the product you choose have a minimum rating of R-38.
While there are several options available to you, some are more commonly used than others. Fiberglass, cellulose, cotton, foam and mineral wool are some of the types of insulation you will find available today. Two of the most commonly used are:
- Fiberglass, which is one of the most inexpensive options is made of spun glass, and can be installed fairly easily. You may find this in loose fill, or batting that can be cut and installed. Whether loose fill blown in or batts, fiberglass insulation maintains its R-value over time better than other types of loose fill and does not promote mold growth.
- Blown cellulose insulation typically has a similar R-value as fiberglass. This type is also made from recycled materials.
Our goal is to help educate customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about insulation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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