Trap Heat with Protective Attic Insulation
December 10, 2013
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Homes can potentially get even hotter than the outdoors during summer by containing sweltering temperatures. Heat can permeate the building (usually through the roof) and find its way inside, leaving the interior muggy and uncomfortably warm. Homeowners might be tempted to leave their air conditioning on in order to combat the heat, though this option could lead to higher energy consumption.
The better alternative to resolve this heat problem would be to install proper insulation. Adequate insulation can keep power costs down in the long run. Some skeptical householders might find insulation counterintuitive, since the material is designed to trap and prevent heat from leaving a home. However, insulation can be installed such that it can also turn away outdoor heat from entering a house.
The attic is the perfect place to install protective insulation, since the structure is often exposed to the scorching rays of the sun. An insulation material with an R-value of R-38 will be needed, since homes that experience a lot of warm weather won’t need much of the material to keep the heat indoors. If properly installed, the insulation should keep the heat trapped inside the attic, preventing it from going any further into the house.