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How Your Attic Can Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient

For many people, the attics in their North Carolina homes serve only as storage space, but did you know that your attic could be adding heavily to your utility bill? If you want a greener home and lower utility bills, focus on making your attic more energy-efficient.

Add Insulation

During the winter, your attic can let out a lot of heat, and let in considerable cool air if it is not properly insulated. If you are handy, you can insulate your attic yourself; however, make sure to take the proper precautions. If you’re not so handy, it’s best to let the experts handle your attic insulation. By adding more insulation to your attic, you will seal the warm air inside your home so your furnace doesn’t have to run as long.

Ventilate Your Attic

Both moisture and heat tend to build up in your attic. During the summer, the excess heat can drive up your energy bills, and the moisture can wreak havoc on your home all year. Your attic ventilation can also affect your air quality. Consider installing a solar fan in your attic, which doesn’t use any of your home’s energy to run. It will help to push out the hot air that accumulates in your attic, making your attic space cooler. Consider also installing soffit vents to make sure that your attic stays properly ventilated.

Seal Your Ductwork

It doesn’t matter how efficient your HVAC unit is or how often you have it serviced if your ducts are letting out air. If your ducts aren’t properly sealed, then your HVAC system has to work harder to heat or cool your home, which drives your bills up and wastes energy. Bring in a professional to make sure your duct work is sealed, and your HVAC system can work more efficiently.

Giving your attic a little TLC can help make your home more energy-efficient as well as lower your utility bills. Call the experts at Ross and Witmer at 704-392-6188 to make upgrades to your attic.