Living in Florida has its perks, but there are a few drawbacks like the oppressive heat and humidity. For most of the year, Jacksonville residents keep their homes tightly sealed. Even with the doors and windows shut, the humid air will find its way indoors during the summer, and the cold air sneaks inside during the winter. This typically occurs on your home's lower levels. At the same time, the air that you've paid to heat or cool escapes through the attic, roof, and soffits. That's why efficiency experts focus on improving and tightening the home's envelope to prevent air infiltration and energy losses.
Benefits of Adding Extra Insulation
According to the government's Energy Star program, sealing and insulating your home can lower your annual utility bills by 10 percent. Most older homes benefit from extra insulation in the attic and the crawlspace. In addition to saving money, you'll notice many other benefits.
- Increased sound insulation from traffic and outdoor noises
- Balanced indoor temperatures without drafts or hot and cold spots
- Enhanced control over indoor humidity and comfort
- Improved indoor air quality and fewer problems with pollen, dust, and pests
Determining if You Have Enough Insulation
A visual inspection will give you a good idea about your current insulation levels and whether adding more would be helpful. Additional calculations are needed to determine the R-value based on the material's thermal rating and the depth of the insulation.
In general, the insulation should be above the attic joists so that the beams aren't visible. The insulation should be level without any mountains or valleys. If the material is currently slumping below the joists, your home might benefit from extra insulation. Next, examine the eaves where the roof meets the attic floor. This area often needs extra insulation. In the crawlspace, look at the rim joists between the foundation and floor. This is another prime location that benefits from extra insulation.
If you're interested in sealing and insulating your home, call the Bug Out Service office near you. We apply fire-resistant, pest-proof insulation that is made of recycled material. We'll inspect your current insulation levels and give you our professional recommendations regarding which improvements will give you the best return on investment.