There’s no doubt about it, the weather here in San Antonio can get crazy! With summer temperatures regularly soaring about 100℉ and winter freezes rolling in unexpectedly, it’s important to make sure our homes are ready to shield us from extreme conditions. One of the most under-appreciated home efficiency materials is attic insulation.
If your attic is not insulated, your home will struggle to maintain a consistent temperature, your energy bills will be higher than necessary and you’ll be at a higher risk of being uncomfortable. Luckily, Cavalry Air Care knows everything there is to know about insulating your attic. If you’re ready to bolster your defenses against the Texas weather, call on us today!
Your attic is basically an open space that isn’t finished out with sheetrock like your home’s livable areas are. This means that the exchange of air and temperature is much different above your home. If not insulated, the space right above your living areas can rise to upwards of 160℉ in the summer! That heat then bleeds over into your carefully conditioned home, making your AC work harder and your bills rise.
Insulation absorbs heat when it enters the attic, stopping it from affecting the temperature inside your home. Similarly in the winter, the insulation blocks heat from escaping outside during cold weather.
There are several kinds of insulation to choose from, but a professional recommendation is always best when you’re deciding how to outfit your home. Here are some of the most common options for attic insulation:
Blanket Insulation — Usually made of fiberglass, plastic or wool, this insulation comes in large sheets that are installed across the attic surfaces.
Loose Fill Insulation — Also called blown-in insulation, this insulation is made of loose cellulose, fiberglass or metal wool. It comes in bags that are spread evenly by a large hose across the attic floor.
Spray Foam Insulation — Sprayable foam insulation is a great option for hard-to-reach areas in your attic. It coats the area when wet and hardens into a shell when dry.
Depending on your home and needs, our team will be happy to help determine what kind of attic insulation will serve your home the best.
R-value is simply the way insulation is measured for effectiveness. Industry standards dictate how dense and thick a layer of insulation needs to be to perform its job efficiently. Our team follows these guidelines strictly, ensuring that no matter what kind of insulation you’re investing in, it’s installed the right way and can shield your home completely.
As your insulation ages, the R-value can drop as well. If moisture or deterioration impacts the integrity of the insulation, it can’t keep the air regulated like it’s supposed to. A professional attic insulation service like Cavalry Air can evaluate your current insulation and recommend when it’s time to add more or replace it with a more efficient kind.
Besides maintaining a strong barrier between your home and the conditions outside, attic insulation can actually promote a healthier and more productive home life in other ways too!
When outside air is blocked by a solid coat of insulation, your home will have an easier time keeping the air inside clean and comfortable. For example, pests have a harder time getting through insulation if it’s kept up to date, reducing the effects of insect particles and urine traveling in your air. Other pollutants like dust and dirt that make your indoor air quality poor can also be reduced. Limiting moisture in the home by deflecting humidity in your attic is another huge benefit of insulation.
Attic insulation itself can even contribute to bad air quality as it ages and breaks down, becoming less efficient. This is why it’s so important to install attic insulation but to also evaluate it periodically for replacement. Insulation doesn’t last forever, and you don’t want it to negatively affect your home as it ages.
Cavalry Air Care has been serving San Antonio residents for years with premier air quality services. That’s why you can trust us completely to put your home’s needs and best interests first. We want your home’s air to be comfortable, safe and more affordable to maintain. If you’re ready for brand new attic insulation to keep your home sealed and healthy, give us a call today!