Many homeowners have improved their home’s overall energy efficiency by evaluating the R-value of your home’s insulation. Your home’s insulation forms an exterior barrier around your home keeping warm air in and cold air out in the winter and cool air in and hot air out in the summer. If your home’s insulation has a low R-value overall, that can result in much higher energy costs in both summer and winter.
Most North Texas homeowners have been using their heating units and furnaces quite a bit this winter and we still have months remaining before Texas’ spring and summer arrive. And any time is a good time to check your home’s insulation level to make sure it’s as energy efficient as possible. And the R-Value is a measure to use when checking insulation, and pertains to the ability to resist heat traveling through your insulation.
So, the higher the R-Value of your insulation, the better the overall thermal performance that you are getting from your insulation. For example, North Texas is in a R-49 level for attic insulation and R-18 for wall insulation and roughly R-19-R-25 for floor insulation.
Here are some additional things to check regarding insulating your home’s energy efficiency:
- Add weather stripping around doors
- Add weatherstripping or caulking around windows
- Add roll-in or blown-in insulation or radiant barrier insulation to walls
- Add roll-in or blown-in insulation in attics and crawl spaces
- Consider upgrading your windows and doors to a more energy efficient seal
- Use expanding foam to exterior holes in brick or holes in mortar or siding on the exterior
If you would like to have a professional take a look, contact one of our comfort specialist at Brown Service Company and we can help point out energy efficient options that can help your home save on energy costs this winter and the upcoming Texas summer. In addition, consider signing up for our Peak Performance Program and get regularly scheduled Spring and Fall system checks that will help you prepare ahead of time, save even more costs on repair prevention AND new equipment purchases.