Improve Your Home’s Attic Insulation & Ventilation for Year-Round Energy Savings and Comfort.
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 become significantly higher than the temperatures throughout the rest of your home, your heating and cooling systems work overtime, causing you to pay more than you should on your energy bill every month. At John Moore, we have what you need to enjoy high-quality air circulation no matter the time of year. Schedule a visit from one of our attic insulation and ventilation specialists, and learn about our in-house financing options.
Call 713-730-2525 and schedule an Attic Insulation Specialist.
Are High Temperatures in Your Attic Causing Problems in the Rest of Your Home?
Learn how to spot potential problems with your attic insulation or air circulation
When you want to keep your energy bills low and your energy efficiency high during the punishing Texas summer, it’s a good idea to inspect any nook and cranny in your home where hot air may be getting in. This may involve sealing any cracks in your windows and doors or considering a smart thermostat installation, but it’s also possible that the main culprit is the very roof over your head.
Many older homes in Houston and the surrounding areas have old, crumbling insulation—particularly in the attic. It’s an issue that’s easy to overlook until you start suspecting other problems, such as a rodent infestation or mold issues, and start checking around the house for evidence. Rather than waiting for something else to call your attention to the attic, it’s a good idea to make inspecting the insulation part of your regular home maintenance routine.
Look for signs of wear and tear like flatness, rips, and moisture spots in your attic insulation. All of these types of wear and tear can cause your air conditioning system to work overtime since the insulation isn’t properly absorbing heat. Replacing this old attic insulation is a great way to improve the air quality in your home and make you and your family more comfortable. In addition to better air quality, optimizing your attic’s environment ultimately leads to greater energy efficiency—not to mention savings on your energy bill.
The Houston attic insulation professionals at John Moore can help you improve your home’s air quality and create comfortable air circulation all year-round for you and your family. Our rigorous diagnostic and repair process starts off with an audit to assess how effectively heat moves around your home, from roof to floor. We examine your windows and walls for any cracks where air could escape or enter your home, then conduct an analysis of your attic insulation for its depth and R-value. All throughout the inspection, we take plenty of notes regarding your attic’s passive and active ventilation systems. Finally, 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
Proper attic insulation and attic ventilation work together with your home’s HVAC system to both save money and provide comfort all year round. To understand how these systems work together, it’s important to understand the three different ways that heat moves around your home: radiation, conduction, and convection.
- Radiation is the heat from electromagnetic waves or moving particles, such as sunlight, fire, and even hot surfaces.
- Conduction is the transfer of heat when two substances make contact.
- Convection is the transfer of heat via air circulation.
Understanding how air circulates through your home can help you pinpoint possible problem areas. For example, if you notice that your attic or upper floors tend to hold heat more than the ground level, that may be the first sign of air circulation issues.
Down Heat Flow During Warm Seasons
Whenever it’s warm outside—aka the majority of the year in Houston—heat from the sun strikes your home and penetrates by conduction through your roof, walls, and windows. The heat conducted from your roof moves on to radiate around your attic, then moves through the attic’s floor, spreading out from your ceiling and 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 flips and you have to keep the heat snugly inside your home. When you switch on your heater during a cold day, that heat rises due to convection, eventually conducting through your ceiling and into your attic. This process is referred to as up heat flow.
Attic insulation is what helps protect your home from allowing heat to come in during the summer and escape during the winter. Your attic is central to making sure your home’s air circulates properly and at a comfortable temperature. Improving the quality of your attic insulation sets your home up for success, while increasing both comfort and savings. Not a bad combination, right?
When is it Time for an Attic Insulation Replacement in Houston?
Depending on what we find during our energy audit, John Moore’s attic insulation technicians may recommend either adding insulation on top of the insulation you already have or replacing your insulation completely.
Typically, the R-value of attic insulation decreases when it’s exposed to moisture. Insulation begins to flatten, destroying the air pockets responsible for trapping hot air. It’s okay to add new insulation on top of old, flattened insulation, but if we find signs of contamination such as mold, mildew, or rodent droppings, then we highly recommend removing the old insulation and addressing those problems first.
For optimum savings on your heating and cooling bills, we recommend a base level of R36 insulation, meaning a minimum of 15” of coverage of John Manville Climate Pro® Formaldehyde-free™ Blow-In Fiberglass Insulation.
John Moore’s Energy Saving Attic Program
Invest in Energy Savings
Improving how your attic’s environment handles heat is a quick and cost-effective way to upgrade the energy efficiency of your entire home, and John Moore has the experience and know-how to get the job done right.
John Moore’s Energy Saving Attic Program utilizes three products ideal for improving attic conditions in Houston homes: Attic Breeze® Solar Powered Ventilation, John Manville Climate Pro® Formaldehyde-free™ Houston 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 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. The best part? It takes less than one day to complete, and within 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.
*Depending on scheduled arrival time.
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 in Houston
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 is it Time for an Attic Insulation Replacement in Houston?
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™ Houston Blow-In Fiberglass Insulation
Houston 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 Houston 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.
Attic Breeze® Solar Powered Ventilation in Houston
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® solar-powered ventilation in Houston works by using 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 solar powered ventilation in Houston 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!***