Importance of Attic Ventilation

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Summer heat gives a beating to all things under the sun rays.  Advancements in technology continue to create and improve measures to help alleviate the pressures of the intensity of summer heat.  A properly ventilated attic keeps the attic cooler, which equates to a cooler home.  Your cool and comfortable home means you can be relieved from the heat inside your house.

 

Expert Air has decades of experience in attic ventilation and attic insulation, so trust our certified and professional technicians to get the job done right from the start.  You will feel the difference right away.  Whether aiming for attic ventilation for a new home build or as a repair years later, Expert Air technicians will ensure you get the best type of attic ventilation for your home.

 

Types of Attic Ventilation, with 5 common types, each has its own set of pros and cons.

 

1.       Static Vent- moving parts means it will fail over time and use.  Also only offers ventilation in the immediate area.

2.       Ridge Vent – Best bang for your buck, you get the most ventilation for the amount of money spent

3.       Gable Vent – Specific design placement of vents may have ineffective results

4.       Power Fan – Constant and increased utility bill as it’s run by electricity.  Allows for constant use for consistent moisture alleviation

5.       Turbine Vent – Wind powers this vent, which equates to lower utility bills, but higher chance for ineffectiveness if the wind is not blowing

 

Attic ventilation is important all-year round, from keeping warm temperatures inside during the cool winter months as well as ensuring proper exhalation of accumulated moisture during the hot summer days. When inadequate insulation and improper installation causes issues with attic installation and/or ventilation, then the consequences can be detrimental to your roof or worse, the foundation of your home.  Don’t risk poorly installed insulation, get your attic ventilation done right with Expert Air.

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WHAT TYPES OF INSULATION ARE AVAILABLE?

There are a lot of different types of insulation on the market today. You’ve seen us write previously about just how vital it is that you have a sufficient amount of insulation in your home. Equally important, though, is ensuring that you have the right type of insulation in Houston, TX, and that it is present in all of the right places. When you schedule your insulation replacement and/or installation services with our team, you’ll have no doubt about it.

Blanket insulation, which comes in batts and rolls, is very prevalent in residential applications. Indeed, this is the insulation that most people will first think of when they picture insulation. It is typically applied in floors and ceilings, and can also be installed in unfinished walls.

Blown-in insulation is also quite popular, and is a great option for unfinished attic insulation. Blown-in insulation often uses recycled materials, and may be blown into a space or simply poured in. This is great for providing additional insulation to existing spaces.

Radiant barriers offer outstanding protection, and function a bit differently than your typical insulation options. A radiant barrier is typically installed in the attic, reducing summer heat gain. The radiant heat of the sun can be absorbed by your roof, and then that heat travels through conduction down into your living space. With a radiant barrier in place, though, you can reflect the sun’s rays away from the attic. This means that your home will absorb much less of the heat, keeping your living space more comfortable and taking a lot of strain off of your HVAC system.

Don’t let subpar insulation have a negative affect on your equipment or your comfort. Work with our insulation experts instead. In doing so, you ensure that you’ll have the right amount and type of insulation in all the right places.

Contact Expert Air Cooling And Heating today to get started.

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WHAT IS A RADIANT BARRIER? SHOULD I BE USING ONE?

When a lot of people think of insulation, they immediately think of keeping heat in a home, preventing it from transferring out into the cold air during the chillier time of the year. However, we here in Texas know that insulation works both ways. You need to be able to keep heat from infiltrating your home during our intensely hot summer season, after all.

Insulation plays a big role in our comfort during the summer season. However, you must keep in mind the fact that there are many different types of insulation, and that different types may be used in different applications. Today, we’ll discuss why you may want to use a radiant barrier in Houston, TX.

What It Is, and How It Works

Some people fail to realize that heat can make its way into your home in a few different ways. You don’t have to have a lot of air leaks or subpar insulation in order for heat outside to start raising temperatures within your home. A radiant barrier is specifically designed to prevent heat radiation from making your home an uncomfortable place to be. While blown-in and batt insulation can stop conduction and convection heat gain pretty effectively, it doesn’t do much for radiation.

radiant barrier is a reflective material that is typically layered between roof rafters and the roof sheathing itself. Considering the fact that the sun beats down on the top of your home all day, it shouldn’t really be surprising to hear that that heat can radiate down into your living space through the construction materials of the house, warming it throughout and driving up your cooling costs. With this type of barrier in place, you can help to prevent your very home itself from acting as a sort of passive radiant heater.

Schedule your insulation services with Expert Air Cooling And Heating.

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IS MY INSULATION SUFFICIENT?

If you suspect that insulation is really only important during the coldest time of the year, when we use it to prevent heat generated by our heating systems from escaping the house, think again. Insulation serves to prevent the unwanted transfer of heat all year long, both into and out of our homes. This means that its successful performance is every bit as important during the hot summer season as it is during the cold winter nights. Your insulation will only perform admirably, though, if it is professionally installed in all of the right places in your home, and if it is of the appropriate R-value, which denotes the efficiency of any given insulation.

Are Temperatures Even Throughout Your Home?

A very common sign that a certain area of your home is not sufficiently insulated is the presence of hot or cold spots throughout your living space. When you run your air conditioner, it should cool your entire home evenly. If there is a room in your home that does not feel as comfortable as the others, then it is possible that insufficient insulation in that area is allowing excessive levels of heat to transfer into the house.

How Is Your Indoor Air Quality?

While it is obviously not the primary function of insulation, insulating materials can actually help to prevent pollutants from easily infiltrating your home through gaps in your thermal envelope. If you notice that there are high levels of airborne pollutants in your home, or in one specific area therein, it may be the result of insufficient or compromised insulation. Contact us if you have any such suspicions.

Are Your Cooling Costs too High?

You are obviously going to have to pay to cool your home. Electricity does not come for free, after all. However, if you notice that your cooling costs are higher than usual, or if you are sick of paying exorbitant bills when you cool your home, increasing the amount of insulation in your home may help to bring your costs into check.

Let Expert Air Cooling And Heating handle your insulation services in Houston, TX.

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WHAT IS A RADIANT BARRIER?

When you live in a climate such as ours, keeping your home comfortable is a huge priority. Traditional insulation is effective in protecting your home from heat loss or heat gain, but when temperatures soar, you may need more. Radiant barriers add another layer of protection to your home, reducing summer heat gains and your cooling costs. These barriers consist of a highly reflective material that reflects radiant heat rather than absorbing it.

HOW DOES THIS WORK?

n the summertime, the single largest source of heat gained by your home is through radiant heat, a large amount of which comes through your roof and ceiling. This is because your roof and walls absorb the radiant heat coming from the sun. This heat moves by conduction, toward the interior until it reaches an air space such as an attic. At this point, the heat radiates across that space. However, if you have a radiant barrier installed next to that air space, most of this radiated heat is reflected back toward the outside.

Regular insulation, on the other hand, does very little to reflect radiated heat. It instead absorbs and holds the heat. Additionally, if your HVAC equipment runs through your attic, it can also absorb the attic heat and transfer it into the house. By installing a radiant barrier, you can block a large amount of this radiant heat—up to 90% of it in fact. This ultimately will save you money as you won’t have to run your cooling system as often.

HOW MUCH MONEY WILL A RADIANT BARRIER SAVE ME?

This will depend on a variety of factors, such as the size of your home and your lifestyle, among others, so we can’t precisely calculate your personal savings. However, it’s fairly reasonable to expect to save 8-12% of your annual cooling costs. When you live someplace like Texas, this can be a pretty good chunk.

Call Expert Air today for radiant barrier services in Houston, TX.

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