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Attic Insulation: Why It is Important

If you want to lower your energy bills and if you want to make your home more green, then you should prioritize having your attic insulated by professionals from George Kent Home Improvements Ltd. You might not think about it so much but the attic is one of the easiest places to add insulation to your home. Thus, it is a great place to start when you want to make weatherizing changes for any type of season. Keep in mind that insulating your attic helps prevent air from escaping your home and the outside air from coming in.

 

Why Your Attic Should be Insulated

Heating and cooling costs can account for up to 50 to 70% of the energy used in an average Canadian home. This translates to losing your home’s cold or hot air makes for a huge energy waste. This is why it is very important to take the necessary steps to prevent this loss from happening especially when you want to make your home greener. Keep in mind that any area you can prevent wasting energy is an important area for you to focus on.

 

When you add insulation to your attic, you also help reduce your energy costs by decreasing the amount of energy needed to keep your home at a comfortable level. Any changes in your home’s temperature should be fought against by heating and air conditioning units. This is why leaving areas or spaces where drastic changes can occur makes your home vulnerable to higher energy costs and usage.

 

How Insulation Really Works

Air flows naturally from a warm area to a cold one. This is why during winter months, warm air inside your home tries to escape to the cooler air outside, and the opposite happens during summer. Outlying rooms such as basements, garages, and attics are all places where this air change usually happens easily. From there, the air then starts to make its way into the other areas of the home.

 

Insulation limits air movement within the home. The still air that is trapped in the insulation helps prevent the heat from escaping one place to the next. Through the R-value or the thermal resistance, insulation is rated. This tells you how resistant to heat flow your insulation is. The higher the R-value of the insulation, the better it can prevent hot air from moving from one place to another.

 

If you need help with your home’s insulation, setup an appointment with our experts today!

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