Here in Metro Detroit, we have had a pretty mild October – right up until the end! There is a chill in the air, and we all know what’s right around the corner. You have probably turned your furnace on by now, but how can you make sure the heat your system is generating stays in the house?
Proper Ventilation and R Factors are Crucial
Think of your roof, attic, insulation and heating and cooling as a system. When working together properly, you stay comfy in your home no matter the weather. If one part of the system is compromised, you may still be comfy, but you’re losing efficiency. If you are hot in the summer, or cold in the winter, even with your heating and cooling system running, there is almost certainly a problem in your attic.
Is your Attic Protected?
Climb up into the attic and look around. Stick a ruler into blown in insulation to determine an approximate R value (Multiply the depth by the R Value of the material). Make sure there are baffles, and that they are installed correctly, and the soffit vents are creating that draft to your rooftop outlets. Check for signs of condensation – a sure signal that the ventilation is inadequate. Here in Michigan, we recommend insulating up to R-60 for the best protection, which is 16 inches of cellulose insulation. To get the full R Value, the depth must be consistent across the entire attic.
Once you have the insulation and ventilation taken care of, there is one more step to take to supercharge your energy efficiency. Kanga Roof, a Hire It Done pre-screened contractor, has an exclusive radiant barrier insulation blanket to maximize your system. The radiant barrier works by reflecting radiant heat up toward the roof in the summer, and down back into the house in the winter. Radiant barrier is installed on top of the insulation, and can result in as much as 15% energy savings, plus it can extend the life of your heating and cooling system – potentially saving you thousands.
If you are not sure how to tell if your insulation and ventilation are good, call the professionals at Kanga Roof for a free attic inspection. They will check the condition of the roof, ventilation and the insulation. When you book your attic inspection through hireitdone.com, Kanga Roof will give you a FREE wi-fi enabled smart thermostat. If it turns out your attic could use some help, they will also give you a 10% discount on any work. That’s a pretty sweet deal! Visit the specials page at hireitdone.com and schedule your inspection today!