What a morning! Temperatures in the 30's here in Hoover Alabama are absolutely exhilarating. These are the kind of temperatures we need to have the fall colors at their best.
Maggie and I went for our morning walk around 7:30. There was FROST everywhere. The sun was starting to shine, but hadn't hit many of the roofs yet so the frost was covering them as well.
I saw a few houses though that didn't have frost on their roof, or had frost on only parts of the roof. This house in the picture only had frost in one square above the front door. Those houses look more warm and inviting BUT, that is not necessarily a good thing. Often that is an indication that you are loosing heat through the attic. If your roof is toasty warm so the frost doesn't stick, then you are heating the underside of the roof and shingles. This is a great time to check your insulation and add more to keep from having your heating costs go through the roof.
Insulation is measured with an R Value. Here in the Hoover, Alabama area, you should have an R-49 rating in the attic for the most energy efficiency. Click here for more info on types of insulation and insulation tips.
When buying a new home here in Hoover Alabama you should ask the builder for the specs on the house to make sure the insulation value is what it should be. Also when buying a new or previously owned home, your home inspector can look at the insulation in the attic and let you know if the house needs more.
According to the weather channel, the temps should be in the 30's again tomorrow morning. So before the sun starts to shine on the roof, venture out and give your house a visual insulation check. That might point out some problem spots in your roof. Adding insulation in the attic is the #1 way to save on your energy costs.