Aug 24 2017

How Important Is My R-Value

R-Values are one of the most important ratings in your League City, Texas, home, yet few homeowners even know what they mean. These values are ratings that show the effectiveness of insulation in your home, and most notably, the insulation that surrounds your ductwork. While it doesn’t seem all that important to have your ductwork insulated, it actually provides a number of benefits and can save you 10 to 30 percent on your energy bill. Aside from a lower energy bill, a higher R-Value for insulation around your ductwork helps improve home comfort and avoid unnecessary stress on your HVAC unit.

R-Value and Climates

One of the biggest problems homeowners face with choosing the right R-Value for their ductwork is picking the right one. Climate plays the most pivotal role in this selection. Typically, cold climates need more insulation than warmer ones. In northern areas of the country, ratings range from R-6 to R-11 in the attic and R-2 to R-11 in an unheated basement or crawl space.

For homeowners in League City, you don’t need nearly as heavy-duty insulation as in other areas of the country. The relatively mild climate seldom goes below freezing, meaning that you don’t have to install high R-Value insulation. For ductwork you need only R-4 to R-8, while ductwork in an unheated or uncooled basement or crawl space only needs R-2 to R-4.

How Does the R-Value Improve Home Comfort?

With the correct R-Value insulation in your home, you’ll notice several advantages. First, you’ll be comfortable regardless of the temperature outside. Because the ductwork doesn’t leak any treated air, you get cool or warm air flowing directly to you. You should also see lower energy bills, as your HVAC system becomes more efficient.

If you found outdated insulation in the basement and attic of your home, or none at all, give Maxx AC & Heating a call at 281-409-3890. Our team will install the insulation you need expertly and quickly so you can get on with your day. 

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