In the perfect 70-degree year-round climate, insulation would be the least
of your worries. You’d hardly even need an
air conditioner! However, in Florida, those perfect 70-degree days are few and far between,
meaning insulation in your home is an absolute must for all of those days
in between. Learn more about how much insulation you need to keep your
Palm Beach County home comfortable here:
What Does Insulation Do?
Insulation serves as a blanket for our home’s walls and slows the transfer
of heat. Since heat always moves from a warmer source to a colder a one,
insulation helps keep heat inside in cold climates and outside in warm
climates. Insulation does more to keep your home cool than warm in Florida,
but in either situation, insulation improves the efficiency of your home’s
cooling system and saves you money!
How Much Insulation Does Your Home Need?
In Florida, the more insulation, the better. As a general guideline, if
the insulation in your attic does not come above the top of your floor
joists, you need more. The U.S. Department of Energy has come up with
a more specific form of measurement, using a scale of values, called r-values,
to determine how much insulation is needed for homes in different parts
of the country.
The higher your r-value, the longer it takes for heat to pass through your
walls. In Florida, the r-value for attics ranges from 30 to 60. That’s
a pretty large range, but it’s generally accepted to use an r-value
of 38 for most homes. This translates to 12 inches of insulation. So,
if you live in Florida, the insulation in your attic should be at least
12 inches thick. It’s also not uncommon to see 15 to 18 inches of
insulation in some attics.
When it comes to your home’s exterior walls, it’s best to keep
them completely filled with insulation. The insulation should extend from
floor to ceiling, filling any gaps and wrapping tightly around wiring,
electrical boxes, plumbing pipes and ductwork.
With proper insulation, your home will stay cooler when it’s hot
out and warmer when it’s cold out. And - even better -
it’ll save you money on your energy bills!
Keep Cool With Phoenix Air!
Having trouble keeping your home cool, even with proper insulation? Phoenix
Air Conditioning, LLC is here to help! We offer speedy and reliable same-day
repairs, as well as
Palm Beach County AC preventative maintenance to boost your system’s efficiency.
Schedule an appointment today!