As a homeowner, you are likely always on the lookout for ways to make your home more efficient and to save money. Did you know that one of the best ways to improve your homes efficiency is to take a look at the kind of roofing and the insulation that you have? Insulation in particular can help make your home retain heat better and reduce your heating costs. Let’s take a look at how this is accomplished.
The role of the insulation in a home is to block the heat from escaping through your roofing in the cold winter months and also to keep out any unwanted hot air in the summer months. A home that has good insulation is going to be better at this than homes with inferior insulation. Good insulation is when you have an insulation with a high R value, and the insulation is installed by a roofer or other professional so that all of the exterior areas have a tight seal around them that keeps out any kind of air leaks.
If you live in an older home, then is it likely that it is in need of an insulation update, but before you pick up the phone to schedule an appointment for an estimate, let’s talk a little bit more about what the differences are between ‘good’ insulation and ‘bad’ insulation. Good insulation is measured by having a higher R value, which means resistance value. The R value is how well the insulation can resist the flow of heat from the inside of the house to the outside. The older types of insulation were typically fiberglass, which usually has an R value of 2.5-4 per inch. The newer insulation types, such as foam board or spray insulation typically have an R value around 6.0 to 7.5 per inch, which is significantly higher. That means that the home with the newer insulation is spending a lot less on their heating and cooling bills than the older home with the older fiberglass insulation.
Thankfully, if you happen to own a home with an older insulation system in place, you do not simply have to accept it and be stuck with it. You CAN make your home more energy efficient by updating the insulation in your home. This is best done during a roof replacement because then the roofer has easy access to your attic areas, but you do not necessarily have to wait until your next roof replacement to update your insulation. Many roofers can add new insulation from inside the home as well, they just need to get up into your attic space from inside the house.
By updating your home’s insulation, you can start to see reduced numbers on your energy bills and it can also increase the value of your home. Talk to your roofer about the current R values of the insulation on your home to see if there is a way to increase that number. If you are ready to learn more about your home’s insulation options, contact Academy Roofing today: www.academyroofinginc.com.