There are many ways to reduce your utility usage in Southern California. As we become increasingly aware of the impact we can have on saving energy many homeowners are looking for ways to keep the utility cost down while reducing their carbon footprint. Read on for tips on how you can save energy with insulation.
Did you know that depending on where you live in the US,The Department of Energy recommends different measures of insulation thickness? Check out this map where they show what level of insulation is mandated for Southern California. So why the variance around the country? Well, over time insulation wears down becoming less thick and causing cool air to leak from your home. Although most people don’t think about insulation as a home improvement project with high priority the DOE and most HVAC contractors know different.
There are two types of Insulation, Attic Insulation and Floor Insulation. Attic insulation is the most common type. So when do you know if you need to replace your insulation? It is best to have an HVAC technician inspect the insulation in your home carefully. Ask them to take a few pictures if they are crawling through your attic anyway. It’s good to be able to have pictures of the thickness.
According to energystar.gov “Adding insulation to the attic is generally a moderately difficult do-it-yourself (DIY) project, but the benefits can be substantial. If you are doing a major home renovation project, now may be a great time to tackle this project too.”
Often times it is something that your HVAC contractor will offer a free estimate for. Having a home energy audit is also a great place to start when you are tacking the task of reducing your energy usage. So if you are in need of some advice on where your home could be leaking air be sure to call the experts at Pacific Aire.