Most homes lack adequate insulation to optimize energy savings.
- Home builders typically install the bare minimum amount of insulation required by local codes.
The more insulation they provide, the more it costs them. Plus, the amount of insulation required by code isn’t enough to achieve peak home comfort and efficiency. According to the US Department of Energy, heating and cooling is responsible for nearly 50% of the average household energy bill. That number rises very quickly when the home is improperly insulated. Without sufficient levels, the heating and cooling system ends up working much harder to meet demands. The heated and cooled air simply escapes through walls and the attic. Upgrading insulation levels can trim energy bills by around 20%. An indication of a lack of insulation is varying temperatures from one room to the next. If the kitchen is often chilly while the living room feels overheated, the house is probably under-insulated. A steady increase in energy bills indicates that insulation may have settled or become compromised by moisture or rodents. The cost of hiring a profession to insulate an 800-square-foot attic is around fifteen hundred dollars. The project most often pays for itself in under three years. Plus, reducing the workload of the furnace and air conditioner promotes greater reliability and system longevity. There’s also the benefit of superior home cleanliness, air quality and smell. While the project can be completed by the homeowner, installing insulation is a labor-intensive and unpleasant process. It’s often worth it to hire a professional. Many HVAC contractors specialize in blown-in insulation which is a good choice for installation into an existing home.
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