Keeping your family warm and comfortable during those colder months is no small task. If you want your home to stay warm during this upcoming winter season, check out this article. Not only does attic insulation make your home more energy-efficient, but it also helps to keep your home comfortable. Learn more as we answer the question: does attic insulation affect whole-home comfort in the winter? Insulation is a type of material used to keep your home energy efficient and properly tempered. This material helps to block out any cold, heat, mold, water, or allergens.
If you want your home to be more energy-efficient, you will need to start with attic insulation. With proper insulation, your heater and air conditioner unit won’t have to work as hard to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. Making your home more comfortable and likely saving you money on your energy bills.
When your attic is well insulated, not only can that improve your home’s energy efficiency, provide you with lower utility bills, but can also attic play a critical role in protecting your roof during cold weather. In the winter, the heated air from the living areas of your home can move up through the attic and warm the underside of the roof.
There’s no way to guarantee an ice dam won’t damage your home, but you can take steps to cut the chances of an ice dam forming in the first place:
- If you haven’t already, thoroughly clean all leaves, sticks, and other debris from your home’s gutters and downspouts. This allows melting roof snow to flow into gutters and downspouts.
- Make every effort to keep snow on your roof to a minimum. Long-handled devices on the market called “roof rakes” let you stand on the ground and pull the snow off the roof. Keeping heavy snow loads off your roof reduces the chances for both ice dam formation and roof failure due to the weight.
- All winter long, keep gutters and downspouts clear of snow and icicles.
- Evaluate the insulation and ventilation in your attic. Most experts agree the R-value of attic insulation should be at least R-30 (R-38 is preferable in northern climates). In addition, good airflow from under the eaves or soffit area along the underside of the roof and out through the roof vents is essential. The insulation prevents heat loss from the interior of the home. The venting allows the attic air to stay cold enough to prevent or minimize the freeze/thaw cycle on the roof.
Consult a Wize Home Direct about insulation, roofing, winterizing of your home, or any home improvement projects by giving us a call now at 828-212-0580.