Whenever the thought of upgrading or remodeling your home comes to mind, you may imagine things like bathrooms, new kitchens, sleek flooring materials, luxurious patios, and many other things. While these are excellent additions and great enhancements which can significantly improve your experience indoors, the costs and expenses you incur in these upgrades cannot be recouped when you sell your home.
Thanks to a new report, there is a remodeling project that gives you top dollar reward on your home resale: attic insulation.
When compared to the value of remodeled homes for resale, the cost of the remodeling is by far recouped thereby leaving homeowners with a gain on disposal. Attic insulation has been mentioned severally as an investment that is guaranteed to generate a handsome return.
It’s the goal of every property owner to increase energy efficiency in their homes and offices all year round including wintertime and summertime. Enhancing your property’s attic insulation is a great way of increasing overall efficiency. As a matter of fact, almost 85% of heat loss in a property passes through the attic.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, increasing attic insulation can lower your heating costs by between 10 and 50% depending on your current level of insulation. However, you should also consider other variables such as roof condition, exposed ductwork in the attic, and venting. These variables can greatly affect the overall cooling and heating system performance. Below are the top ways to make your attic as efficient as possible.
Install Sufficient Insulation
Insulation is one of the best ways to boost attic efficiency.
When you press the power on button on your AC, your expectation should be to feel the AC actually powering on and not emitting smells. Homeowners have been victims of stinky side effects of cooling systems and this affects the overall comfort in the home.
There are solutions that are proven to work to deal with conditioner’s smells. Learning the causes of these smells and understanding how the solutions work can liberate you.
Causes of AC Smells
Mold and mildew are the primary suspects causing air conditioning smells. Circulating air in your home causes airborne contaminants to settle within the system. This can happen even when the system is idle during winter.
When the contaminants in your system pair with the damp and cool conditions, mildew and mold forms which carry the smell into your home together with the circulating air.
The other cause of smelly ACs is dirty air filters.
The health of your entire family is largely dependent on the air quality in your home. When it comes to humidity, you need the right levels in your indoor air. Anything too much or too little may give rise to unhealthy airborne particulates.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, relative humidity should be maintained between 30 and 50%. To ensure that you are within this range, use a digital humidity meter to monitor the levels. These devices can be found in hardware stores.
Effects of Too Much Humidity
Excessive humidity levels can be manifested in condensation on windows, musty smells in furniture or carpets, water stains on fabrics, and mold in bathrooms. The mold produces irritants, allergens, and at times toxic substances. Dust and mildew thrive in humidity.
Furnaces do leak water at the base and you may also find that the filter is wet. There are a number of reasons that may cause this, but the most common one is a condensation leak. Inasmuch as leaks may not interfere with the normal operation of your furnace, they can increase its inefficiency which ultimately leads to high utility bills and costly repairs down the road.
Homes with high-efficiency furnaces, that is, furnaces with AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) rating of 90% and beyond may experience condensation. If you are not sure whether your system is a high energy efficiency unit, you can just check its vent pipe. High energy efficiency furnaces usually have white plastic vent pipes.
In a typical high energy gas furnace system, condensation is usually channeled to a floor drain.