Save Money by Increasing Attic Insulation in Miami
Having the proper amount of insulation in your attic can make your Miami home more comfortable throughout the year. Higher energy efficiency could also help you save money on heating and cooling expenses.
Do you have the correct amount of insulation? Probably not. A recent study by the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association determined 90 percent of homes in the U.S. lack enough insulation. If every home in the country was properly insulated to today’s building code, the Boston University School of Public Health found it would cut electric consumption by 37 billion kilowatts. That’s enough electricity to power 3.4 million American homes every year!
Does My Home Have Enough Insulation?
You can measure existing insulation to determine if you have enough in your attic. If it’s shallower than 7” deep, your home is underinsulated. In Miami, 13-14” deep is recommended.
Additionally, if your home is more than 10 years old, you’ll likely need increased insulation.
Enhancing your insulation levels could positively affect your energy bills, saving you up to 20 percent.** It can be 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 mixes liquids that expand into a foam on contact. Closed- or open-cell applications can be used in attics.
Closed-cell foam supplies the most insulation. It also offers a comprehensive barrier against air, vapor and water.
Open-cell foam expands when applied, plugging cracks and other spaces that are hard to get to. It’s best for obstructing air but isn’t completely waterproof.
Both types of spray foam insulation may even help absorb noise.
Loose Fill and Batt Insulation
Loose fill insulation is blown in with special machinery, while batt insulation is rolls that can be portioned to fit. Insulating material can include fiberglass, cellulose, mineral wool and cotton.
Insulation is rated for its resistance to heat flow. This is also known as the R-value. Different levels are recommended based on where you live.
Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning can help you identify what type of insulation is best for the climate in Miami and your home’s needs. Our insulation installers deliver a full range of excellent insulation services backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year.
Get started by requesting a home comfort consultation and free estimate today.