Many homeowners in San Mateo and the surrounding Bay Area rely on their heating and cooling systems to keep them comfortable during cold and warm seasons. The fact is, proper insulation can make a substantial difference in not only energy consumption, but how much you pay to stay comfortable! We have a few tips to help you know whether your home has sufficient insulation, and what to do about it if you don’t.
How much insulation does your home actually need? It all depends on size, design, geographical location, etc. You can find an EPA tool that will help you calculate the insulation needs for your Bay Area home here.
R-values are used to measure insulation’s effectiveness. The higher the R-value, the better quality (and effectiveness) of the insulation.
Cooling & heating loss can be prevented by insulating pipes, ducts, or other unconditioned areas in your home.
If you’ve decided you need to add insulation, place it in a way that’s perpendicular to the insulation that already exists so that any gaps or holes in the existing layer are covered.
If you have an attic, is it insulated? Energy-efficiency can be greatly improved by insulating the attic. If you currently have insulation in the attic, is the R-value less than 30? If so, adding additional insulation could save you on energy use as well as monthly energy costs.
Various areas of the country are “zoned” by the EPA, which impacts how much insulation you need for optimal efficiency. San Francisco is located in zone 3, and R-values depend on the area you are insulating. For instance, in the Bay Area the recommended R-value for floors is R25, for attics R30 to R60, for cavities R13 to R15, and for cathedral ceilings, R22 to R38.
Whether you need air conditioning installed in your Bay Area home or it’s time for a check-up of your system, count on the professionals at Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning to keep your home comfortable all season long, while helping you reduce energy consumption and costs.