If you have to hold your breath before you open the bill from your local power company, it might be time to do something about your skyrocketing energy consumption. You can’t force the electric company to come down on their prices. The way the cost of fuel is going, the price you’re paying now is probably something you’ll look back on fondly in a few years. The only thing you can control is your own personal consumption. Attic insulation is one of the easiest, painless ways to do this, but before doing it you need to be sure that your current insulation is in a good shape if you never upgraded your attic insulations in the past 20-30 years than it is recommended to replace your old insulation with the new cellulose-based insulation. I highly recommend you to call your local insulation contractor before installing new insulation. For a modest up-front investment, you can make a difference you’ll see in your electric bill for years to come.
Attic insulation is popular among homeowners for one good reason: it works. As you probably learned in school, heat rises. That means that the wintertime is a difficult season for many homeowners. It can take an enormous amount of energy to heat a home, mostly because all of that warmth is escaping out of the top of the house. This is an unwinnable battle if you don’t have something up there to block this escape. If you do, however, you will see the tides turn in your favour. Not only will it keep heat from escaping in the winter, but it will also keep it out in the summer, making it much easier for your air conditioning to do its job properly.
When you begin the search for attic insulation, you’ll immediately notice that you have a lot of options from which to choose. Some of the most popular options include loose fill and batt. Loose fill is popular because it can access strange corners and the little areas where other types sometimes fail. The blanket rolls, or batt, are popular because homeowners can usually do the installation themselves. It is usually less expensive than most other types. Some companies have also begun offering a blown-in option, which provides a higher level of sealant properties, ensuring that your home is snug.
Whether you’re doing it yourself or entrusting the work to a contractor, how the attic insulation is installed is often more important than which type you choose. One of the first things that must be done is a sealing off of any air leaks. The batting can only do so much to stop airflow. You need to give it all the help you can. Make sure you cover any openings into the attic with plywood to complete the energy efficiency. At the same time, make sure you do not block off vents, as improper ventilation can cause its own problems.
After a few years, you will have saved yourself thousands of dollars with the attic insulation that you installed. Think of what that money can do for you, your family, and your home. There are probably other improvements that can be made for energy efficiency.
So while you may have to spend a little in the beginning for the attic insulation project, you will save money in the long run. Consider it an investment for not just your heating bills but also for the value of your home.