Proper Attic Insulation and Ventilation Is Essential for Energy Efficiency

When it comes to a home improvement that reduces energy use and improves the interior comfort of the home environment, many first look to energy efficient air conditioning and heating units as the answer. Energy Star HVAC units are indeed energy savers. They are also very costly investments and even those have limited effectiveness if other areas of the home where heat is gained or lost are not also addressed. The place to begin is with the attic.

Attic insulation and ventilation is a critical part of energy conservation in a home. Significant heat enters the home through the attic in summer and heat is lost from the attic in the winter. Traditional attic insulation materials such as fiberglass and cellulose help to slow the process, but they do not stop it since they retain heat that ultimately passes through. Adding a double-sided radiant barrier to attic ceilings or even over the top of the traditional insulating material will prevent most of the heat from entering the material in the first place, helping it work more efficiently and enabling your interior climate system to work less hard with less energy needed.

Adequate attic ventilation is equally important to prevent heat and moisture from being trapped in the attic. Keeping the air circulating properly in the attic also aids in preventing unwanted heat gain and loss and prevents damaging moisture from rotting wood and promoting the growth of mildew and molds. If you are looking to make a home improvement that pays for itself in reduced energy usage as well as one that protects your most valuable investment, call a roofing contractor to assess the insulation and ventilation in your attic first.