Attic Insulation Services
Improve Your Home’s Attic Insulation & Ventilation for Year-Round Energy Savings and Comfort.
Improve Your Home’s Attic Insulation & Ventilation for Year-Round Energy Savings and Comfort.
Are high temperatures in your attic causing problems in the rest of the home?
Whether you’re heating your home in the winter or cooling it in the summer, hot-air tends to get trapped in the attic. When attic temperatures are significantly higher than temperatures in the rest of your home, your heating and cooling systems have to work overtime to control temperatures, causing you to pay more than you need on your energy bill every month.
Improving how your attic’s environment handles heat is one of the best cost-saving projects you can undertake, and John Moore can help you make sure it’s done right. First, we run an energy audit to assess how effectively heat moves around your home. Our energy audit includes an examination of your windows and walls for cracks where air could escape or enter your home; an analysis of your attic insulation for depth and R-value; and notes regarding your attic passive and active ventilation systems. Then we put together a list of options that could help you save 20% or more on your annual heating and cooling bill.
How Heat Moves Around Your Home
To understand how attic insulation and ventilation work together with your home’s heating and cooling systems to save you money and provide you with comfort all year round for years to come, it’s important to understand the three ways heat moves around your home: through radiation, conduction, and convection.
Down Heat-Flow During Warm Seasons.
Whenever it’s warm outside- which is the majority of the year in Houston- heat radiated from the sun hits your home. Through conduction, the sun’s heat penetrates through your home’s roof, walls, and windows. The heat conducted from your roof radiates through your attic and then- once again, through conduction- moves through the floor of your attic and radiates out from your ceiling into your home. This process is referred to as down heat-flow.
Up Heat-Flow During Cold Seasons
Whenever it’s cold outside, the challenge becomes keeping heat inside your home. When you turn on your heater on a cold day, that heat rises due to convection. The heat eventually conducts through your ceiling and into your attic. This process is referred to as up heat-flow.
The key to keeping your home’s air at a comfortable temperature while lowering your energy bill and extending the lifetime of your air conditioning system starts with your attic.
John Moore’s Energy Saving Attic Program
Invest in Energy Savings
Improving how your attic’s environment handles heat is the quickest, least-expensive, and probably most crucial way you can upgrade the energy efficiency of your entire home.
John Moore’s Energy Saving Attic Program utilizes four products that are ideal for bettering attic conditions in Houston homes: LO/MIT™ Spray-on Radiant Barrier Coating, Attic Breeze® Solar Powered Ventilation, John Manville Climate Pro® Formaldehyde-free™ Blow-In Fiberglass Insulation, and The Attic Tent.
Every home’s attic environment is unique, so we made our Energy Saving Attic Program flexible to accommodate various homeowners’ needs and budgets. Our Energy Saving Attic Program comprises an energy audit and the sealing off of any holes where we find air leakage between your home and your attic. But the amazing thing about our Energy Saving Attic Program is that it takes less than one day to complete, and it pays for itself. In one day*, you can start saving money on your energy bill with products that last for the life of your home and cost you nothing to maintain!
For optimum savings on your heating and cooling bills, we recommend a base level of R36 insulation- which means a minimum of 15” of coverage of John Manville Climate Pro® Formaldehyde-free™ Blow-In Fiberglass Insulation.
John Manville Climate Pro® Formaldehyde-free™ Blow-In Fiberglass Insulation
Cool and heat your home, not your attic.
When you turn on your A/C or heater, you typically want that conditioned air to move around your home and not into your attic. The best way to separate your attic’s air environment from the rest of your home is by having your attic’s floor insulated. Adding insulation to your attic’s floor and in-between ceiling/floor joists in your attic is the best way to prevent heat from conducting between your attic and the rest of your home. This is the most important element of our Energy Saving Attic Program.
- It’s formaldehyde-free.
- It’s thermally efficient, providing effective resistance to heat transfer.
- Will not settle or lose effectiveness.
- It provides sound insulation and absorption.
- It’s fire-resistant and non-combustible
- It’s non-corrosive.
- It cannot rot, mildew, or otherwise deteriorate.
- And it provides complete coverage, even in tight spaces.
When to Add or Replace Attic Insulation
Depending on what we find during our energy-audit, we may recommend either adding insulation on top of your old insulation or replacing your insulation completely. Typically, the R-value of attic-insulation decreases when it is exposed to moisture because moisture flattens insulation, destroying the air pockets responsible for trapping hot air. It’s okay to add insulation on top of old, flattened insulation, but if we find rat-droppings or other signs of contamination such as mold or mildew, then we highly recommend removing the old insulation and addressing those problems before adding new insulation. A John Moore pest control expert can ensure all rodents are excluded from your home so that your new insulation won’t risk being contaminated.
For optimum savings on your heating and cooling bills, we recommend a base level of R36 insulation- which means a minimum of 15” of coverage of John Manville Climate Pro® Formaldehyde-free™ Blow-In Fiberglass Insulatio
LO/MIT IRCC spray applied to underside of attic to reduce radiant heat gain
LO/MIT™ Spray-on Radiant Barrier Coating
Significantly Reduce your Attic Temperatures by Reflecting Solar Radiation
Your home’s first line of defense against the sun’s heat is its roof. The radiant heat that beats down on your home’s roof accounts for up to 93% of heat gain in your entire home. LO/MIT™ Spray-on Radiant Barrier is an Energy Star Certified, silver-colored, low-emissivity coating that is sprayed on and in-between rafters in your attic. Just a thin layer will allow your roof to reflect solar radiation.
You may be wondering how a thin layer of silver coating does this if it’s inside of your attic space instead of on your roof facing the sun. Shiny surfaces reflect heat, but they do not radiate heat energy very well. So the shiny surface of LO/MIT™ Spray-on Radiant Barrier Coating facing down into your attic works because the heat absorbed by the roofing material is not easily emitted or transferred to the attic space. In-fact, LO/MIT™ Spray-on Radiant Barrier Coating has the lowest-emissivity rating in the industry!
The result? A 10 to 25 degree drop (sometimes more depending on other factors) in attic temperature during warm seasons. A cooler attic when it’s warm outside ensures that less heat penetrates your home’s ductwork so that the cool air coming out of your home’s air registers is about as cold as the air that passes through your home’s cooling coil. And when you turn your heater on, LO/MIT™ Spray-on Radiant Barrier Coating creates a heat envelope that keeps the warm air inside your attic. When LO/MIT™ Spray-on Radiant Barrier is added to your attic, you will enjoy lower cooling and heating bills, greater comfort, and a more energy efficient home. And because it doesn’t lose its effectiveness over time, LO/MIT™ Spray-on Radiant Barrier can increase the value of your home and pay for itself many times over.
- Lasts for the lifetime of your home.
- Average of 20% reduction in A/C unit’s run time during peak hours.*
- 57% efficiency improvement in the cold air delivered through air ducts.*
- Average of 23 degrees drop in peak attic temperatures.*
*Per Appalachian State University Energy Center, NC
Attic Breeze® Solar Powered Ventilation
Let Your Attic Breathe for Improved Air-Quality and Lower A/C Costs
A radiant barrier prevents heat from entering your attic while ventilation systems prevent any heat- or moisture- that does enter your attic from becoming trapped. Most homes’ attics come equipped with a passive-ventilation system that uses a combination of ridge vents, soffit vents, gable vents, and baffles to assist the convection process so that hot air and moisture can freely move out of your attic. The only problem is that passive ventilation systems do not account for enough air or moisture flow to maintain proper air intake and exchange- especially in a humid climate like Houston. Without the boost of an active system, moisture will still gather in your attic, damaging your attic’s insulation and possibly contributing to mold and mildew.
Attic Breeze® is a solar-powered ventilation system that uses a fan to suck the old air out of your attic and pull new air through your attic’s soffit vents and baffles. Not only does this prevent stagnant air from gathering in your attic, but it also reduces moisture build-up and lowers your attic temperature. But the real beauty of Attic Breeze® is that it works without adding to your electricity bill by virtue of being solar powered. In fact, the brighter the sun is shining, the harder the Attic Breeze works! And because homeowners receive a 30% Federal Tax credit when they install an Attic Breeze on their home, you can expect to start saving money up-front.
Attic Breeze® fans come in four different sizes to accommodate varying attic sizes. Each Attic Breeze® unit is:
- Made in Texas.
- Corrosion resistant- so it won’t rust.
- Approved to withstand hail and hurricane force winds.
- Eligible for a 30% Federal Tax credit upon installation**
- And includes a lifetime manufacturer warranty!***
The Attic Tent
Completely seal your attic air from the rest of your home.
Attic doors- also referred to as scuttle holes– are usually the area where most air leaks between your attic and the rest of your home. The Attic Tent creates an airtight barrier around your attic door and fits around most standard folding attic stairs.. The Attic Tent is made from a durable, lightweight insulation material that should last for the lifetime of your home. Along with providing enough energy savings, it can also improve the Indoor Air-Quality of your home.
- Tested to significantly reduce air loss/transfer.
- Zipper allows for easy access while keeping out insulation and dust particles.
- As effective as double-paned windows.
- Increases indoor air quality.
*Depending on scheduled arrival time.
**Limited to one Attic Breeze® per household.
***From the Manufacturer; does not include labor.