Homeowners need to ensure their homes are prepared for winter. One of the best ways to do so is by checking the insulation levels in the home. Without proper insulation, homeowners can struggle to maintain the right temperature. When the cold winter hits, it is easy to see a drastic increase in their bills. Not as many people understand exactly what needs to be done for insulation. How do you test it? How do you find out if you need more insulation? Is your heating system working overtime? This guide will help you understand if you have plenty of insulation in your home.
What is Insulation?
There are different variations of insulation, some are blown-in insulation while others are rolled or bat insulation. A quick look in the attic will show you which insulation is in your home. Some homeowners find they have rolled insulation that has become compressed while others see the same with blown in insulation. The good news is, there are several companies in Utah that provide insulation upgrades without an expensive cost, or they can even offer a rebate program for insulation. Homeowners can also add their own insulation to the attic to ensure there is enough insulation.
What Should My Insulation Levels Be?
The insulation levels for Utah homes need to be R49 to R60 for an uninsulated attic where they need to be R38 to R49 for an existing 3-4 inches of insulation in the attic. EnergyStar.gov provides more information here related to your insulation needs.
What Are The Benefits to Added Insulation?
Keeping your home at the proper heat and cool level will ensure you aren’t spending too much on your home’s energy bill. Adding more insulation can provide the following advantages:
- Prolong your HVAC system by reducing stress on the system to heat the home
- Reducing the cost of repairs on the heating system
- Reducing costs on monthly energy bill
How Do I Maintain My Homes Heating System?
Maintenance is important for the entire heating and cooling system of the home. Maintenance of the insulation is not a difficult task as you need to ensure it is staying dry. Check the insulation for wetness after a storm as it will show you if there is a leak in the ceiling that needs to be repaired. If you spot mold or mildew, call a professional to come and clean it up properly to prevent serious problems. Here are some other things you can do to ensure your homes heating system is properly maintained:
- Caulk around the windows and doors to seal air.
- Clean the gutters of debris and install gutter guards to prevent the gutters from becoming clogged and causing problems with flooding in the basement.
- Ensure tight spaces have plenty of ventilation.
- Test your thermostat settings.
Contact Black Diamond Heating & Air in Layton for your annual HVAC inspection. We will test your furnace to ensure it is ready for the winter, and to make sure your air conditioner is winterized correctly. Call today to schedule your appointment before the cold weather strikes (801)771-1510.