“I need more insulation.” We get that call a lot and it’s usually because the homeowner is cold and figures it has to be the insulation. The truth is, that’s only a part of the issue. Your house is a complicated set of systems that all must work together for you to be comfortable. Insulation is one of those systems.
So Does Your House “Stack” Up?
The answer is yes. Every house is a victim of “The Stack Effect.” Everyone knows that hot air rises and when it does in your home, it escapes through holes you don’t even know are there. Gaps around lights, ductwork, pipes, and electrical wires all allow air to escape into the attic. Your house cannot exist in a vacuum, so it pulls cool air in to replace what it’s lost. That’s that little breeze you feel and don’t know where it came from and that’s why you call us.
But insulation alone doesn’t solve the problem. Insulation is measured in R-value where the R stands for resistance. The R-value of insulation is a measure of the resistance to heat flow a particular material has, not the resistance to air flow. Insulation does not stop air flow. Your furnace filter is made out of fiberglass and, just like a filter, insulation allows air to pass through. Air you have paid to heat and cool. Sealing those gaps and holes throughout the attic keeps that air in, saving you money and keeping you comfortable.
Call The House Call Company today to have one of our Comfort Techs visit you and explain how air sealing and insulating your home is the right way to save on energy and keep you comfortable.