The cold temperatures that we have faced this winter could have you feeling down. If you are constantly feeling uncomfortable in your own home or as if you cannot put enough layers on to get rid of the chill, it is time to take a look around your home. The first place to start is the attic. Did you insulate your attic yet? If not, chances are this is your culprit during this frigid winter. Are you not convinced? Let’s take a look at what an insulated attic can do for you and your home.
Heat Naturally Rises
Everyone knows that heat naturally rises. So what does that mean for all of the warm air that your furnace works so hard to blow out? It goes straight to your attic. If it is not an insulated attic, guess what happens to that hot air? It quickly becomes cool air from the cold, uninsulated attic. The cold air then proceeds back down into your home, forcing a fight between it, the furnace and you.
Now that you know why you might be feeling so cold in your own home, despite having the thermostat set at a comfortable temperature, let’s look at a few other facts that make insulating your attic seem very tempting right now:
- Attic insulation can help to cut down the use of your furnace, which could help you to lower your utility bills by almost 20% per year.
- The less heat that is lost through the attic, the longer life potential you give your roof. Excessive heat exposure can cause damage to the shingles on your roof, causing premature replacement.
- The less heat that hits your attic, the healthier the environment of your home will be. Excessive heat and dark areas are a breeding ground for mold and mildew, which is not only harmful to your home, but also the health of your family members.
Perhaps the largest benefit is the comfort of you and your family members. Attic insulation helps to keep the home at a comfortable temperature without excessive use of the furnace or the need to over layer in clothing.