Typically, houses in warm-weather states should have an R-38 insulation in the attic, whereas houses in cold climates should have R-49. These insulation levels will keep heated air from migrating out in winter. In a cooling climate, a good blanket of attic insulation helps keep the house cooler and reduces the load on air-conditioning equipment.
Attic Insulation with Oasis
At Oasis, we insulate attics with either blown-in loose cellulose (R-3.5 per inch), blown-in loose fiberglass (R-2.5 per inch) or fiberglass batts (R-3.2 per inch). Cellulose is recycled newsprint treated with a fire retardant. Fiberglass is just that–thin fibers of glass that trap air.
Upgrading attic insulation will immediately offer significant benefits:
- Improving energy efficiency and savings on cooling/heating bills
- Increasing the value of your home
- boosting home comfort.
Benefits of attic insulation & its importance:
Insulation — and more importantly, attic insulation — is one of the most vital keys to home energy efficiency. And while installing the most efficient heating and cooling equipment is also a factor, if your home’s insulation can’t keep heated and cooled air inside, you could end up losing a lot of energy, which in turn will significantly affect your energy bills. Saving energy is highly important, as the average Bakersfield home’s heating and cooling budget can account for more than half of their total energy bill.
The insulation throughout your home is one of the key determining factors as to how much heated and cooled air will remain inside. That’s because insulation is specifically designed to resist heat transfer. And heat is naturally attracted to cooler air, no matter the season.
The Heat Transfer Process:
During summer, insulation will resist the movement of heat from the outside, so that your home’s cooling load doesn’t increase, causing your air conditioner to work longer and harder, and thereby consuming more energy and raising cooling costs.
During winter, insulation resists the movement of heat from within the house, keeping more heat inside, which reduces the heating load of the home and energy bills.
Types of Attic Insulation to Use
Because of the general openness of most attics, there are several types of insulation that are ideal for this location:
- Batts and rolls are easy to unroll and apply to relatively larger spaces, such as between joists or rafters.
- Loose-fill insulation can be blown into attic spaces that are hard to reach, or those that have an irregular shape, as this type of insulation will easily adhere to the area.
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