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3 Ways Your Insulation Can Lower Your AC Bill

3 Ways Your Insulation Can Lower Your AC Bill

May 1, 2020

ways your insulation can lower your ac bill

You may have heard from many insulation contractors that properly insulating your home can significantly lower your AC bill. This might simply sound like theory but if done correctly, you can see the effects right in front of you on your energy bill! If you’re not completely convinced, the pros at DFW Thermal are here to tell you a little more about some of the practical ways you can insulate your home in order to lower your AC bill!

1. Inspect and Insulate Your Attic

Your attic needs proper insulation to prevent energy losses and a phenomenon called “the stack effect”; this occurs when indoor air escapes out of the upper level of your home and outdoor air gets sucked in from the lower level. Having enough attic insulation as well as insulation in other parts of your home such as your walls and ceilings, can save you up to 20% on cooling costs and 10% on overall energy costs.

Before you start insulating your attic, it’s important to inspect it and check for how much insulation you have. Start off with a visual inspection—if the insulation material is at level with or lower than the floor joists, you don’t have enough insulation material. If the insulation material is covering the joists, you have enough insulation material, but you still need to check for the R-Value. This value determines the thermal resistance of the insulation material—the higher the R-Value, the better the insulation. To check for your attic insulation’s R-Value, take a look at this guide.

Once you figure out whether you need insulation or not, get in touch with your nearest insulation contractor to insulate your attic. It’s never a good idea to DIY attic insulation because it isn’t safe and can lead to improper insulation.

2. Insulate Your Attic Hatch Door

If you want to seal up your attic even more thoroughly, try insulating your attic hatch door with an attic stair cover. These can be purchased from your nearest home improvement store with a price range of $50 to $150. An attic stair cover looks a lot like a rectangular tent made of foil and is placed right behind the access door. Usually these covers come fully assembled, are easy to install and remove. They also come with zippers, so it is easy to access your attic.

3. Consider Radiant Barrier Insulation

If you’ve been thinking about changing your home’s insulation for the summer, now’s the time. Consider switching to radiant barrier insulation if you live in a particularly hot climate. With its reflective sheet that resembles aluminum foil, radiant barrier insulation can reflect the sun’s rays away from your home. This unconventional insulation technique will keep your home cool throughout the summer. Plus, you might see savings of up to $150 dollars like the rest of the residents in the southern United States using radiant barrier insulation.

Want to have insulation installed in your home? Contact the pros at 214-731-3115 or schedule a service online for a free consultation!