HOW MUCH WILL I SAVE BY ADDING ATTIC INSULATION?
Let’s get down to brass tax, properly insulating your attic will definitely save you money in the long run and also adds market value to your home. That’s what you want to know right? We all know that insulation helps you regulate your temperatures. It keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. But what’s the value of insulating your home?
Understanding how insulation saves on energy bills means understanding the term R-value. R-value is how effective your insulation is at regulating and slowing the transfer of heat. The higher the R-value, the more effective the insulation is at slowing heat from entering or leaving your home. Insulation is meant to block, and trap air is it travels through the insulation, thus slowing its movement. The specific material your insulation is made of, its thickness, and its density all contribute to how well it blocks and traps air. The US Dept. of Energy has a webpage that tells you the recommended R-value for your home based on where you live. A helpful tool for narrowing down your options! Now, on to how to increase that R-value and thus increasing your energy savings.
The US Dept. of Energy reports that 49% of the average American’s energy bill is for the heating and cooling of their home. They also report that proper home insulation and attic sealing can save 10-20% over your pre-upgraded bill. That percentage increases if your home is older and/or has little to no insulation. Each year experts predict higher and higher numbers that homeowners will spend to keep their homes in comfortable temperatures, and proper insulation is the best way you can offset those costs. A properly done home energy assessment will identify the best ways you can upgrade and correct your home insulation, resulting in as much as 30% in savings.
Maximizing your energy usage and saving on those bills relies on your insulation being done properly and thoroughly. Each and every inch of insulation is meant to reduce the rate at which heat transfers in and out of your home. How well it does depend on some different factors. For example, just because your home is already insulated doesn’t mean it was installed as thoroughly as possible. Building a home means having to meet minimum building codes, this includes insulation. You might rest easy knowing your home probably meets that minimum requirement. But let’s look at it a different way. That code really just means that the minimum is the least effective your insulation is legally allowed to be. You need it to be the most effective if you want to be the most comfortable and cost-saving. An expert attic insulation contractor will be able to assess your home and its unique needs, identifying the best insulation materials for it and the best ways to install it. They can help you determine the best R-value for your your home that gets the job done and saves you as much on energy as possible. Depending on your situation, looking at anywhere from $1000-$2000, it’s understandable to be unsure when faced with the cost of a quality insulation project but they pay themselves off each season. It’s one of the wisest investments you can make in your home, it isn’t a gamble because you know it will pay off. Life is unpredictable, but if you plan on residing in your home for a few decades, you could turn that $1000-$2000 investment into $15000-$20000 in savings. You’ve likely also seen some positive increases in your home’s resale value if you do eventually choose to leave as most people on the market are willing to spend more for a well-insulated attic.
Give us a call at All Attic Insulation and you can rest assured we’ll determine the best ways you can save now and for years to come. (713) 817-1769