That Heat Lurking in Your Attic Could Creep Into Your Living Space

attic heatDid you know that accumulated heat in the attic space can reach temperatures of up to 150 degrees? That heat is desperate to move into cooler areas, so it will transfer right through your home’s building materials and infiltrate the cool, air conditioned spaces. Unfortunately, this means your air conditioner has to work harder to maintain your desired temperature. The result? Unnecessarily high utility bills and extra wear and tear on your A/C. Plus, heat in the attic can create the ideal environment for mold to develop. Providing adequate insulation and ventilation are two key factors in mitigating heat in the attic, reducing summer utility bills and improving indoor air quality.

Upgrade your insulation

When was the last time you inspected the insulation in your attic? Unless your home is brand new or you have recently addressed attic insulation issues, there is a good chance your insulation R-value isn’t up to current energy efficiency standards.

In addition to R-value, it is important that the insulation is thick enough to keep heat from penetrating your home. Ideally, the insulation level should come to no less than one inch below the attic floor joists. Also, keep an eye out for gaps or holes in insulation. These are common in areas where plumbers, cable/dish technicians or electricians have done after-market work. You will need to fill in any obvious gaps.

If your home is older, this is a good time to have pre-wiring done for future electronic or home entertainment needs. Once the contractors have completed wiring, your insulation can be installed and you will not have to worry about removing insulation for this purpose in the future.

Mechanical ventilation

Is your attic ventilated adequately? Your HVAC technician will be able to advise you in this regard. Consider using solar attic exhaust fans for added energy efficiency.

Ray & Son Heating & Air Conditioning offers solutions and systems to ensure your home is energy-efficient. Give us a call at (229) 686-5531 for more information, or to schedule an appointment. We provide services to Nashville, South Georgia and North Florida.