Save Money by Increasing Attic Insulation in Memphis
Having the right amount of insulation in your attic can make your Memphis home more pleasant throughout the year. Increased energy efficiency could also help you save money on utility expenses.
Do you have the right amount of insulation? Probably not. A recent study by the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association found 90 percent of homes in the U.S. don’t have enough insulation. If every home in the country was properly insulated to current building code, the Boston University School of Public Health found it would reduce electric consumption by 37 billion kilowatts. That’s enough electricity to power 3.4 million American homes annually!
Does My Home Have Enough Insulation?
You can measure existing insulation to determine if you have an adequate amount in your attic. If it’s lower than 7” deep, your home is lacks enough insulation. In Memphis, 16-18” deep is recommended.
Additionally, if your home is more than 10 years old, you’ll likely need more insulation.
Enhancing your insulation levels could positively affect your energy bills, saving you up to 20 percent.** It can provide a vapor barrier against humidity, stop air leaks and may lessen wear and tear on your HVAC system.
Types of Attic Insulation
There are three kinds of attic insulation—spray foam, loose fill and batt.
Spray foam insulation combines liquids that expand into a foam on contact. Closed- or open-cell applications can be used in attics.
Closed-cell foam provides the most insulation. It also offers an extensive barrier against air, vapor and water.
Open-cell foam spreads when applied, plugging cracks and other spaces that are hard to get to. It’s best for stopping air but isn’t fully waterproof.
Both types of spray foam insulation may even help dampen noise.
Loose Fill and Batt Insulation
Loose fill insulation is blown in with special machinery, while batt insulation is rolls that can be trimmed to fit. Insulating material can include fiberglass, cellulose, mineral wool and cotton.
Insulation is ranked for its resistance to heat flow. This is also referred to as the R-value. Particular levels are recommended based on where you live.
Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can help you identify what kind of insulation is best for the climate in Memphis and your home’s needs. Our insulation installers deliver a full range of quality insulation services backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year.
Get started by asking us for a home comfort consultation and free estimate today.