Check Your Attic for High Temps. Insulation and Ventilation Will Solve the ProblemPublished on: July 25, 2012
In warm climates, it doesn’t take long for the heat in your attic to become almost unbearable. Even if you live in a climate that has more cold days than hot days, your attic could still be affected. When your attic gets too hot, the heat is pushed down into your house and circulates in the air. This situation causes undue strain on your air conditioner because it must work extra hard to cool your home. In the winter, it is your furnace working extra hard to provide heat.
Purpose of Attic Insulation
When you install insulation in the attic of your home, it traps cold air in the winter and warm air in the summer to help you and your family stay comfortable. Without insulation, you would probably feel like you were living outdoors even when you are inside of your own home.
Solutions for Hot Attics
When it comes to hot attics, most air conditioning service companies offer two simple solutions. The first is to increase the amount of attic insulation and the second is to make sure there is enough ventilation in your attic for hot air to escape. If you don’t have the skills or the desire to do this on your own, contact a local air conditioning service company to evaluate your present level of attic insulation.
Once you have had a professional evaluation, an air conditioning service technician can determine an effective level of attic insulation for your home. Most professional HVAC companies refer to a zone chart of the United States when determining how much attic insulation to use. The zone chart is divided into eight regions of the United States based on the area’s typical climate.
Consider Radiant Barrier Attic Insulation in Hot Climates
If you live in a part of the country that is hot and humid for most of the year, radiant barrier attic insulation provides you with additional protection from the sun. This is a supplement to your normal insulation. Radiant insulation is in the form of foil rolls and is perforated to prevent a build-up of mold, moisture and mildew.
Don’t Forget Attic Ventilation
After an air conditioning service company has installed the right amount of insulation for your attic, there is still work to be done. He or she will determine at this time where to place vents in your attic. Vents are necessary to prevent your attic from becoming too hot, even with the right amount of insulation installed. You need to be certain that the vents are kept open at all times and that there is no insulation blocking them. A ceiling fan or a stand-alone fan on a low setting will also keep the air moving and prevent problems with humidity in your home. If you need additional suggestions, speak to a technician