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Published: October 10, 2016

A Homebuyer's Guide To Attic Insulation

So you want to buy a house. Do you know what to look for in terms of energy insulation? 

Pre-existing:

If you buy a pre-existing home, age matters. It’s quite common, especially here in the Plano/Richardson area, to buy a home that was built before 1980. The problem is that back then there wasn’t such a thing as energy codes! Building was more about aesthetics and functionality, and very little, if any, attention was paid to energy efficiency

When you buy an older home, or even if you’re thinking about buying an older home, give us a call! We’ll be happy to come out and look at the house. We can give you a road map of the best way to make your house as energy efficient as possible, and bring it up to today’s energy standards. This will keep your older house cooler in the Texas summers, warmer in the cooler months, and lower your electricity bills.

New Construction:

But what if you’re buying a new home? Maybe you’re building a house, or you’ve just purchased a newly-built house. Luckily, most of the houses built today are up to energy codes and work very well at saving energy. They usually have things like continuous soffit vents or TechShield, which is a type of radiant barrier. Usually these new homes have 14-18 inches of insulation in the attic. These are all common with new builds today.

The problem is that they’re often under-ventilated from an exhaust standpoint. The radiant barrier and insulation keep the heat from getting into your house, but that hot air may be trapped in your attic and unable to be vented out. 

Whether you're building a new house, or buying a pre-existing home, we’ll be happy to give you an assessment of your attic.  Do you know someone in the market for a new home? If so, please share this with them. Thanks! 

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