If your Seattle home’s attic isn’t properly insulated, you’re not alone. A study by the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) found that 90% of homes in the country are under insulated. Many have no insulation at all while others have old insulation that has lost its effectiveness.
So what does it mean to a Seattle homeowner when they don’t have proper attic insulation? Higher heating and cooling costs are just the beginning. Insulation offers other benefits besides energy savings that you may never have considered.
Reduce Wear and Tear on Your HVAC System
The harder your HVAC system has to work, the more frequently you’ll need to perform maintenance and repairs—and the shorter the life expectancy of the system. Quality attic insulation takes some of the burden off of your system, and makes it easier to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home.
Lower Carbon Footprint
It’s important to look for ways to be environmentally responsible, and shoring up your home’s energy efficiency is a great way to do that. The NAIMA study mentioned above found that if all homes were properly insulated, natural gas use nationwide would dip by about 10%.
Prevent Ice Dams
Even though Seattle doesn’t get as much snow as some other parts of the country, you should make sure your home is prepared for those times when the area does experience significant snow fall. During such times, insulation helps to prevent ice dams which can cause the need for expensive repairs to your home.
Lower Heating and Cooling Costs
While this isn’t, as mentioned above, the only reason to insulate your attic, it is an important one. Some blame outdated windows for higher bills, but the truth is that 40% of heat loss occurs through the attic. How much do you think you could save if you eliminate a heat loss of 40%?
Insulation can become compressed over time, and that reduces its effectiveness. If it was ever exposed to moisture, that old insulation could also be harboring mold. That’s why, even if there is insulation in your attic, you may greatly benefit from an upgrade.
Tristate Roofing installs top-rated insulation and helps our customers enjoy all the benefits of a well-insulated home. Give us a call today for more information, or fill out our online form now to schedule a free, no-obligation estimate.