Good Reasons to Insulate Your Attic This Winter

Although the winters in Miami aren’t usually very cold, the next few months will certainly be cooler. As the temperatures drop, you want to make sure that your home has all the tools it needs to keep you comfortable, preferably without spending a lot of money.

One great way to fulfill both requirements is to have Quality Air Of America insulate your attic. Although attics are often unused and forgotten about, this space is one of the most important parts of your home, especially during the winter. Keep reading to see why you’ll want to schedule an appointment to have insulation installed as soon as possible.

More Consistent Temperatures

If the temperatures in your home seem to fluctuate, even with a good HVAC system in place, it may be time to upgrade your home’s insulation. On especially cold days, cold air from outside can seep in through the attic and into your living space. This will cool down the temperature in your home faster than your furnace can raise it back up.

Ultimately, this will result in consistently fluctuating temperatures and an uncomfortable home. A solid layer of insulation in your attic significantly slows down the speed at which outside air can enter your home. This gives ample time for the furnace to sense a change in temperature so that you never notice a change in the temperature of the air in your living space.

Less Wear and Tear on Your HVAC System

Another great benefit of adding insulation to your attic is that your HVAC system won’t have to run as often. With the extra protection against outside air in place, there will be fewer times per hour when the air in your home falls below the temperature threshold that you specify on your thermostat.

Plus, when your HVAC system is running, the warm air won’t lose nearly as much heat energy as it travels through ducts located in your attic. This means your home will reach the correct temperature more quickly, allowing your furnace to stop running sooner. Over time, this can add up to a significant reduction in wear and tear on your system, potentially allowing you to keep your system for longer.

Lower Energy Bills

In addition to putting less wear and tear on your system, running your HVAC system less frequently also uses significantly less electricity and natural gas. This means that you will enjoy lower energy bills after you upgrade the insulation in your home.

Insulation makes an especially pronounced effect on energy savings in the winter because the layer of insulation in your attic helps to stop heat from escaping your home in addition to keeping the cold outside air where it belongs. With the extra money saved on your energy bills, you can opt to buy more holiday gifts for your friends and family.

Protect Against Mold Growth

Condensation is the enemy of a healthy home. When cold air in your attic meets the warm drywall of your ceiling, condensation can form. Over time, this condensation can cause mold to grow on your ceiling.

With proper insulation in place, though, this problem will be greatly reduced. That’s because cold air won’t be able to make direct contact with the drywall. Instead, it will remain in the pocket above the insulation, far away from the drywall.

Plus, if you have fiberglass insulation, the small gaps between the insulation fibers will allow warm air to flow through the insulation, which will help to wick away moisture. Since mold growth can cause a variety of health problems, this is an important benefit of upgrading your home’s insulation this winter.

Keep Your House Quieter

If the sounds of planes, vehicles, or tourists keeps you up at night, adding insulation could be your ticket to some peace and quiet. Attic insulation creates an effective sound barrier, allowing you to enjoy your home as a retreat from the world. Both sprayed-in or blown-in insulation help to reduce the intensity of outdoor sounds by disrupting the sound waves as they travel through the air.

If you’re still dealing with a noisy home, even after adding attic insulation, Quality Air Of America recommends adding extra insulation to your home’s exterior walls. With insulation in all of these locations, you will effectively have a soundproof chamber that will be relaxing and enjoyable.

You May Be Eligible for Rebates

Adding insulation can help save energy. Saving energy helps put less strain on the local energy infrastructure and works to secure a brighter environmental future for the next generation. These benefits are why you can often get rebates to help cover the cost of adding insulation to your home.

Quality Air Of America recommends checking with your utility company and the local, state, and federal government to see if you are eligible for any rebates because of your efficiency improvements. In some cases, your local utility may need to perform a test on your home to ensure that the new insulation is truly helping to make your home more efficient. In most cases, this test takes less than 30 minutes and provides a good return on investment, especially when you’re finally holding the rebate check in your hand.

Make Your Attic a Usable Space

For many homeowners, attics can be frustrating because they’re large but mostly unusable. Fortunately, adding insulation to your attic this winter can help make your cold attic warmer so that you can take back this wasted space. Spray foam insulation is typically the best type of insulation to install if you want to be able to use your attic because this type of insulation insulates the spaces between the roof rafters so that the entire attic is insulated.

Blown-in insulation, on the other hand, covers the floor of the attic up to a depth of several inches, making it difficult to use any part of the attic where the insulation is installed. If you want to avoid spray foam insulation, you can opt for insulation batts placed between the rafters and floor joists.

Fire Resistance

A fire is a real threat for any home. Fires are more likely to happen in the winter because people use fireplaces, overload electrical circuits, and cook more in the kitchen, all of which can lead to a fire.

In an uninsulated attic with a lot of air space, a fire can spread quickly because it will have plenty of oxygen to feed the flames. However, if you have an insulated attic, there will be less air space available, meaning the fire won’t spread as quickly. Plus, all types of insulation materials that Quality Air Of America installs are fire resistant, meaning they act as an extra barrier against the spread of flames.

Your Home Insulation Experts

At Quality Air Of America, we want to help you make your home as efficient as possible. That’s why we install insulation of all types in homes throughout the community. We also repair air conditioners, maintain furnaces, seal and clean air ducts, and much more. With all of these efforts, we’re helping to save area homeowners on their energy efficiency and utility bills. Since our founding, we’ve been committed to integrity and personal service, consistently earning five-star reviews in the process. To learn more about upgrading your home’s insulation the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area, contact us at Quality Air Of America today.

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