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Signs you need more attic insulation

Posted By MyGuy || 28-Mar-2013

Did you know that there are studies, by the government indicating that almost 50% of the energy we use in our homes, either to heat or cool is wasted? This can make a huge difference in your utility bills each month. How do you know if your home is a good candidate for more insulation in your attic? There are few things to be aware of that might indicate you need more insulation in your house and attic space.

Learn more tips and product information from the insulation experts, so that you can take advantage of the best insulations solution for your home.

  • Have your home or office energy bills increased significantly when you compare them to the same time frame last year?
  • Has your house air conditioner been running more than usual?
  • Is the second floor of your home, hotter than the rest of your home?

1) Check your attic insulation in your house. Did you know that one of the number one reasons for higher energy costs especially in the summertime is due to the lack of proper insulation in your attic? As a rule of thumb, the Phoenix expert’s recommends that you should have at least 12 to 18 inches of insulation covering the duct work and plumbing pipes in your attic space. In other words, if you can see the tops of the boards in your attic you should add more insulation.

2) Proper attic ventilation in the attic of your home, is also very important it helps the insulation do its job more effectively and keeps condensation from collecting in the winter time; it's like an oven up in the attic area. If you crack the door open a little bit, it really can help cool it down. Turbines fans and attic vents are a great way to help achieve this air flow into your attic. There are also a variety of solar powered units that are very effective by using our great source of plentiful sunshine in Arizona.

3) The insualtion experts tell us, there is some great new energy saving products on the market right now. One of them is an amazing material called Heat Bloc 75 it's a radiant spray applied directly to the underside of the roof deck of your home. This product can help stop up to 75% of the radiant heat from penetrating the attic air space, therefore keeping the air ducts cooler. This can often help increase the life of your air conditioning unit, by allowing it to work less, while cooling your home. This of course, can help reduce the amount of energy used during those hot, Arizona sunny days. Many companies are offering summer specials on these products which also includes blown in insulation for your heating an dcooling needs.

4) Another great product that has grown in popularity is recycled insulation for your home. This product is green and non-itch. This has become a great alternative to the conventional blanket insulation that most of us are familiar with. This non-itch type of home insulation tends to be much more comfortable to work with when handling. And it is a great option.

The MyGuy experts recommend that your insulation contractor, seals any air leaks prior to adding insulation, as well as, make roof and other necessary repairs. Don't forget, if it is located in a conditioned part of the house, the experts recommend that insulation is added to air seal your attic access too. Old or missing insulation will cause high energy bills.

Remember last summer? Don't put it off any longer! Start saving money year around by re-insulating your home today!

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