When you get those high energy bills in your mailbox or email, you may first blame and fret over thermostat settings. Fiddling with your thermostat and laying down the law on temperature settings is really just a band-aid — and an uncomfortable one, too. The real heart of the matter and your high energy bills is an inefficient home. So, start at the top, and keep reading to learn three factoids about how attic insulation can save you money and even protect your home.
Attic Insulation — Powerhouse Energy Efficiency
An energy-efficient home may use many methods to save money. Energy Star-qualified appliances and electronics help. After all, your kitchen, TVs, computers and other devices use a substantial amount of energy. Lighting is another area where it pays to upgrade to LEDs and CFLs. Inefficient windows and air leaks are common problems that cause discomfort in your home and in your pocketbook.
As important as updating and maintaining these systems are for greater home efficiency, they pale in comparison to the energy you save by upgrading to quality, well-installed attic insulation. In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that insulation saves 600 times the amount of energy per year than CFLs, Energy Star appliances and Energy Star windows combined!
Attic Insulation Extends Roof Life
Most of the residential roof replacements we perform at Victors Roofing aren’t due to external forces, such as from a tree falling on a roof. Most roof replacements and damage are attributed to inefficient attic systems that wear out shingles, decking and timber before their time.
Ice dams are a prime example. Inadequate attic insulation allows your attic to warm up enough — using heat from your living spaces — to melt rooftop snow. The snowmelt refreezes at the eaves and causes ice dams. Ice dams can cause extensive damage to your roof system and allow water infiltration.
Blown-in Cellulose Provides Greater R-Value
There are many insulation materials and types for you to choose, and all have their own pros and cons. At Victors Roofing, we always suggest blown-in cellulose insulation for residential attic systems for the following reasons:
- Blown-in cellulose completely covers your attic floor.
- Cellulose provides greater R-value per inch than fiberglass rolls.
- Cellulose is produced from recycled materials.
- Cellulose is resistant to fire, pests, and rodents.
To learn more about the best attic insulation solutions for your Canton area home, contact the pros at Victors Roofing!