Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Attic or Crawl Space

When it comes to boosting the energy efficiency of a home, often the first thing homeowners think of is insulating the walls. Although that is an easy and inexpensive way to gain some efficiency, you should not ignore your attic or crawlspace as a source of energy efficiency. Here’s why.

Wasting Energy Wastes Money

The two biggest energy losers in your home are your attic and crawlspace. By including crawlspace and attic insulation in your home energy plan, you can reduce your energy bill by 20 percent. When you consider the average monthly electric bill for Fort Mill, SC, is $132, which means you can potentially save $15 a month. Over time, that can add up to a sizable amount. In addition to significant savings through lower energy bills, paying attention to your attic and crawlspace reaps other benefits:

  • Increased comfort by reducing heat gain and heat loss
  • Greater equipment efficiency by reducing operating time
  • Improved health by reducing wet areas where mold and bacteria grow

Understanding Heat Gain and Heat Loss

Heat moves from an area of higher temperature to an area of lower temperature. In the summer, your home collects heat from increased solar radiation as well as high outdoor temperatures and humidity levels. This heat accumulation is known as heat gain. In the winter, the reverse is true, and you experience heat loss; the heated air inside your home moves to the outside, trying to equalize the temperature between the hot and cold areas. At the same time, the cold outside air seeks ways to infiltrate your home.

In both cases, your heater and air conditioner have to work harder to maintain a comfortable indoor environment. The more your heating and cooling equipment operates, the more you pay in utility bills. That means you have less money for leisure activities such as eating out, taking in a movie or going on a trip.

Insulation traps the heat and keeps it where you want it: inside in the winter and outside in the summer. By investing in crawlspace and attic insulation, you reduce unwanted heat transfer and save more of your hard-earned cash.

Excellent Service from Melton

Adding insulation to your attic and crawlspace slows down the loss of conditioned air and is one of the most effective ways to increase your HVAC efficiency and indoor comfort. At Melton Heating and Air Conditioning, we have the knowledge, equipment and skill to expertly insulate even those hard-to-reach areas. Our sprayfoam insulation is ideal for inaccessible crawl spaces or attics. Give us a call today for a no-obligation free quote.