Are you dreading the hydro bills you had last summer running your AC?
If yes, now might be the time to consider investing in some insulation.
Insulation is worth the investment
Hot air will always flow to cooler air until there is no longer a temperature difference. That means that in the summer the hot air outside is looking to get into your much cooler attic. Everyone desires cool air in their homes as a reprise from the summer heat. While we know that air is costing us money we rarely think of how we might reduce those costs. Central air systems work hard to remove that hot air in the attic to prevent it from reaching the rest of your house. You can help your AC unit and your pocketbook by adding insulation in the attic to reduce your energy costs.
R-value is how well an insulating material resists heat flow. In general the higher your insulations R-value the better it’s insulating effectiveness. R-value effectiveness also depends on how and where the material is installed. Different materials have different R-values. You can increase the R-value of the insulation you already have by adding more insulation. You will want to know how to do that properly though because if you trap mold or moisture in the process you won’t be doing your house any favors.
”Did you know you could save a whopping $600 a year by upgrading your attic insulation from R-11 to R-49?
That's about a 30% savings on your monthly heating and cooling bill.
For optimal energy efficiency, it is best to have a professional install the insulation. Each type of insulation has different installation requirements. Some types need vapor barriers or plastic sheeting and some do not. Some insulations are effective in some areas but not others. In general, homeowners do not have this type of technical knowledge. Also, in addition to installing insulation experts can find air leakage areas and seal those as well so your home is as energy efficient as possible.
Insulation is not expensive and can save you a lot of money each year. It also has an incredible life span. We are talking like 80 years so your investment is really going a long way. Have a cool summer and save money doing it. Upgrade your insulation today.