Insulation and Ventilation: How to Prevent Energy Loss Through Your Attic

Summers in Nashville can bring extreme heat—temperatures often rise above 90°F, sometimes climbing to over 100°F. During these sweltering months, homeowners will run their air conditioning to keep their homes cool. Because of this you may be spending more than you need to on your energy bills, especially if your attic is not properly insulated or ventilated. Utilizing proper ventilation and insulation in your Nashville home can lower your energy bills and protect your roof during the winter. Learn more about energy efficient attics by reading on.

The Benefits of Attic Ventilation
Warm air is less dense than cool air, and the molecules move much more, so warm air will rise and cool air will sink. In the summertime, when the sun is also beating down on your roof, this means that your attic can become extremely hot. This bubble of hot air at the top of your house will leak thermal energy, causing it to seep down into the rooms below and forcing your air conditioning system to work overtime to cool the home. Proper attic ventilation, including fans, will make sure that this hot air can escape your home, so that your roofing materials don’t suffer damage and the rest of your home stays cool. In the winter, ventilation helps keep the temperature of the roof constant, so that heavy, damaging ice dams are less likely to form on cold evenings.

The Benefits of Attic Insulation
In the wintertime, especially in December and January when the thermostat drops below zero, homeowners switch on their heating systems to stay comfortable and cozy indoors. If your attic is not insulated in Nashville, much of the money you spend on your electric bill may be going to waste. Since heat rises, thermal energy can rise right up through your ceiling and into your attic. Proper insulation helps slow this heat transfer down, so the warm air your furnace or heat pump generates stays in your living space. In the summertime, insulation helps keep the warm air from heating up your house, just as ventilation does.

When installed, ventilation and insulation both serve the same goal: keeping your attic at a manageable temperature in order to reduce your energy bill and energy consumption. For attic insulation and ventilation experts, call ARS / Rescue Rooter at (615) 823-5091.

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