Insulation in your walls, floors, and ceilings helps to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. But the story doesn’t end there. There are different insulation requirements and recommendations for different parts of your home. Today we’ll go over insulation for your attic and why it’s essential to your Florida home.
Why should you care about insulation for attics?
According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, “Attic insulation is the most important location and best return on investment.”
Okay, but why?
- Heat rises, which means it ends up in the attic. In cooler weather, the air you are paying hard-earned money to heat might get trapped in your attic instead of getting circulated back into your house to keep you and your family comfortable.
- An attic without insulation will allow hot air to enter your home. In warmer weather, when you are trying to keep heat out, this unwanted summer air can pose many problems. Your air conditioning system will be forced to work harder to keep your home cool.
- Missing or inefficient insulation in the attic means that cool air in your home can easily escape. For the same reasons we just went over, energy escaping your home will make your energy bills skyrocket.
- Spray foam insulation applied to your attic ceiling can reduce and prevent water damage caused by rain water. Water leaking into your home puts your home at risk for mold growth, which then leads to misery and potential health problems. Moisture penetrating your building materials will eventually compromise the integrity of your home.
Because of these attic-specific challenges, a higher R-Value is required for attics. Depending on the type of heating system you have, attics require an R-Value of 38-49. This is much higher than what is required walls, which need an R-Value of 13-18. In such an important part of your home, you want to make sure you insulate it properly.
What’s the best way to insulate your attic?
Spray foam insulation is designed to seal air leaks and to keep out water and mold. It keeps the wanted (and expensive) air in your home while blocking the rest out. Its properties make it an excellent choice for attic insulation.
Installing spray foam insulation is a complex process, so it’s easiest to perform on new construction homes during the building phase. But if you have an existing home in need of attic insulation, don’t worry. Spray foam is great for any home, new or not-so-new.
Are you already considering a home renovation? This is a perfect time to think about your insulation needs. Keep in mind that after installing spray foam insulation, your home will need to vent for a few days to get rid of the fumes. However, once the fumes clear, your home will be safe for you and your family.
How can you learn more about your attic insulation options?
If it’s time to rethink your attic insulation, contact Energy Monster to schedule your free spray foam insulation consultation today. A spray foam expert will conduct an assessment and walk you through the best ways to improve your Florida home’s insulation.Return to Blog