Making sure that your home is properly insulated, especially when it comes to your attic, is incredibly important. Good insulation can help to cut down on your energy costs as well as help to make your home more comfortable. As a result, if you’re lacking insulation or your insulation is poor, it’s well worth installing or upgrading your existing insulation.
The Benefits of High-Quality Insulation
The following are a few of the benefits you can enjoy from proper insulation:
Improved home comfort – Proper insulation will help to keep heat from penetrating into your home during the summers and will prevent the heat your heating system produces during the winters from escaping, thereby making it easier to keep your home at your desired temperature.
Reduced energy bills – Insulation prevents the cool or hot air your HVAC system produces from escaping your home, which means that your heating system and air conditioner won’t have to waste energy replacing lost heat or cool air.
Extend the life of your HVAC system – In addition to saving energy, the less your HVAC system has to work to replace lost air, the less wear and tear it will experience over the years, thereby helping to extend its lifespan.
Checking Your Insulation
There are certain signs that you don’t have good insulation. These signs include rooms that feel drafty, temperature fluctuations throughout your home, and high energy bills. If you have pests crawling up in your attic, such as rodents, then there’s a good chance that your insulation has been damaged and will need to be replaced.While you can go up into your attic to do a visual inspection on your own, determining whether the insulation that you have is good enough is something a professional may need to do.
The Rafter Check
However, we want to give you a head start on the matter. The Rafter check is a fantastic way to see if your home needs to be inspected by a professional for more insulation. Go to your attic (only if it’s safe to do so) and look at the ceiling where your roof’s rafters or trusses are positioned. Can you see them? They are wood beams that acts as the bone structure for your roof. If you can see these, you don’t have enough insulation for New Mexico’s blazing heat.
You should reach out to a professional will be able to perform a thorough evaluation of your existing insulation to determine if it’s been damaged or whether the R-value is appropriate. R-value is the measurement by which insulation is judged: the higher the R-value, the more effective the insulation is. If you have older insulation, it probably has a lower R-value, which means it might be time for an upgrade.
Your home’s insulation, especially your attic insulation, is vital to keeping your home comfortable and your energy bills low. To find out if you need to upgrade your insulation, contact us at Millers Insulation in Albuquerque for a free quote today.