Attic Plays Key Role in Comfort At Home
KREX News Room
Earth Day is April 22 and what a better way to celebrate that then by making your home more energy efficient.
If you want to cut your home’s energy costs, take a look in your attic.
When Suzanne Rees moved into her 40-year-old home back in December, she noticed a temperature difference with the top level compared to the basement and main level.
"There was a noticeable difference when we walked up the stairs," homeowner Suzanne Rees said. "When we went up to the bedroom floor, it was easily a five degree difference, and we could really feel it when we were in the bedrooms. So we felt like the attic insulation upstairs may not be adequate."
"Often times we only think of our attic as an extra place for storage but it's actually plays a key role in making sure you home is comfortable throughout the year," Angie Hicks, creator of Angie's List, said. "A properly insulated attic can reduce your energy costs by 10-20%."
"If you would like to add or update insulation in your home you're going to be hiring an insulation contractor," Hicks said. "Talk to them about what you house needs. They are going to talk to about the R value that's in your home and what's recommended for your region of the country."
"R value is the resistance to heating and cooling of loss to where there is cold or heat," Insulation Contractor Jim Vanslyke. "R is resistance so the higher the R value the more resistance to heating and or cooling. Hot or cold."
"Insulation can deteriorate over time so it's important for you to check it periodically," Hicks said. "A good rule of thumb is if you can see the floor joists, you don't have enough insulation."
"Our previous home, we had built, so we knew all the ins and outs of it and what had been done and buying an existing home, you kind of come into it not know what the previous folks have had done," Rees said.