I thought you might be interested to know that the night following the insulation work you and your crew did in our attic Tuesday, the temperature in most of the house (except the addition) only went down to 62F, even though the outside temperature was below freezing. This means that the heating system probably did not turn on once, since we set the thermostat at 60F every night. That has to start translating into energy savings for us.
Did you know that the average American household spends around 54% of their total energy dollars on space heating and cooling alone? The Department of Energy reports that having a properly insulated attic can shave up to 50% off current heating and cooling bills while still keeping indoor environments comfortable.
Northern Virginia and Metro DC homeowners can reduce their cooling and heating bills by installing high-performance attic insulation.
Benefits of Attic Insulation
- Lower heating and cooling bills
- Greater home comfort
- More even home temperatures
- Less outside air infiltration
Lack of Insulation Wastes Energy
Attic insulation is the most crucial component of home insulation. A large portion of heat escapes from houses through the attic during the colder months. On the other hand, heat enters the home through the attic as the sun scorches the roof during the summer. Both scenarios cause your heating and cooling equipment to work harder to maintain home comfort while driving up energy bills.
Adding insulation to attics can have a huge impact on home performance and energy efficiency, keeping heat inside in the winter and out in the summer. If homeowners want to air seal their attic as well, The Fifth Fuel can do both at the same time. The combination of both services has a synergistic effect, greatly increasing home comfort and reducing unwanted heat loss.
Lower Heating & Cooling Bills
High heating and cooling bills makes housing less affordable in Northern Virginia and the Washington DC area. Here at The Fifth Fuel, we believe that this should not be the case. Energy efficiency is key to sustainable living. We have helped many homeowners in Alexandria, Falls Church, Arlington, Mclean, and Fairfax save money by implementing simple measures.
Initial Energy Assessment
Before determining if attic insulation is a worthwhile upgrade for a given house, it is important to determine:
- Is the attic currently insulated?
- If it is, what type of insulation does it have – batts, blown, sprayed?
- What is the current thickness of the attic insulation and its R-value (thermal resistance)?
We offer top-quality energy audits to understand where conditioned air is leaving the homes. The results will reveal the sources of air leaks, including those found in the attic. The Fifth Fuel patches up these leaks before applying insulation to maximize the benefits of attic insulation.
Our Attic Insulation Process
It is best to have personal items removed from the attic before we get started, to aid in the insulation process. We’re dedicated to keeping your home as clean as possible during the project, and we cover items with plastic when helpful.
To begin the project, we remove the old insulation and air seal the attic to prevent the infiltration of outside air into the home. We then fully insulate the attic, typically using blown-in cellulose insulation. The Fifth Fuel team is also diligent about attic stair and attic ladder insulation for optimum home energy conservation.
Do you want to make your home more energy efficient and comfortable? Schedule a free estimate on attic insulation today!
Cape Cod-style homes date back to 17 century New England, where these charming homes were designed to withstand the elements. The homes are compact and have a simple rectangular footprint. A steep roof helped shed snow, relatively low ceilings made it easier to heat, and shutters helped keep wind out during storms.
The revival of the Cape Cod homes began in the late 1920s and lasted for several decades. We now have many such homes throughout Northern Virginia and Metro Maryland.