Is your home insulation costing you money?
According to reports from the ENERGY STAR program, the average person in the US spends more than $2,000 per year on utility bills. That’s over $165 per month. The majority of that monthly payment is spent on electricity and gas.
If you find yourself paying more and more to your energy bill, it could be time to consider better attic insulation. Why? Because research shows that about 85% of your home’s energy goes out your roof if you’re under-insulated. Before you invest in a new insulation strategy, here’s what you need to know to make the best decision for your pocketbook.
Understanding Insulation R-Value
In construction, the R-values for home insulation is a way to measure how well a barrier resists the conductive flow of heat. A real-life example of conduction you might be familiar with is how your spoon heats up after being placed in hot coffee.
Insulation works by slowing your conductive heat flow. To enjoy the perfect temperature in your home, your heating system has to replace lost heat in your home in the winter and remove it in summer. Effective insulation will decrease heat flow and provide resistance to it.
To determine its effectiveness, insulation is graded using varying levels of the R-value. The R-value is rated in terms of thermal resistance. Depending on the type of thickness and density of your insulation, its R-value may go up or down.
Installing more attic insulation will increase your R-values and improve efficiency in your home. Depending on where you live, you may need more insulation than you have currently. The type of home you have, too, affects the level of insulation required. Check in with a professional to get the right R-value for your home.
How Much Money Can You Save With Home Insulation?
Well, with the right materials, it can save you hundreds of dollars every year. This is all the more true if your home is more than 10 years old or if you live in a colder climate. That translates to savings of about 15% to 20% of your yearly energy bill.
Save Money With Professional Insulation Installation
At Above Par Construction, we can help you determine the right type of insulation to add and how much of it you need. We’ve helped hundreds of homeowners in the area save money on their energy bills, and we’d love to help you too.
Contact us for a FREE consultation to find out what your home insulation needs are.