If you are thinking about your home and its energy efficiency, chances are you do not think of your attic. You should though! Your attic plays a large role in how your home holds its temperature. If you find that you can’t keep the warm air in your home in the winter and the cool air inside in the summer, take a look at your attic and see if it’s the culprit in your energy inefficiency.
Check for Leaks
Leaks in your attic are like throwing money out the window. The warm air you are paying so dearly for in the winter is being lost through your attic if there are leaks. In the summer, those same leaks let the hot, humid air in, making your AC unit work harder than necessary. In order to prevent this, have an inspection as often as you feel necessary to search for problem areas and have them fixed as soon as possible.
Proper ventilation is essential for the safety of you and your family. If there is not enough room for air to move around, it becomes stagnant and can absorb moisture. This moisture can then turn into mold, mildew and rotting, exposing your family to harmful mold spores that can cause respiratory and digestive illnesses and cause severe damage to the structure of your home.
Once you have taken care of any leaks and determined that you have proper ventilation, it is time to check your attic insulation. Most homes, even new ones, do not have proper levels of insulation, which causes their utilities to work harder. Even if you had proper levels at one point, if you have not had them checked recently, you might be surprised at how much it has compacted. This lowers its R-Value, which means you are less energy efficient than you thought.
If high energy bills have you concerned, one of the first places you should check is your attic. Not all cases need new insulation, but typically low levels of insulation, leaks in the attic or poor ventilation are at least one of the reasons that you are using more energy than necessary, causing wear and tear on your utilities and paying more money on your bills than necessary.