Unless your home was specifically constructed with energy efficiency in mind, there's probably a lot of room to reduce your energy bills by adding more insulation — particularly in the attic. Even better: attic insulation usually pays for itself in a matter of months!
Why attic insulation?
It would be great to get whole-house insulation — top to bottom, crawl space and all. There's a reason we're in this business! But the truth is, you can address a lot of your climate control concerns by insulating just your attic. Start there and the rest can follow.
Why the attic? Heat rises. By putting an impermeable lid on top of your living space you can slow the transfer of heat through your ceiling.
Estimating the financial return of attic insulation
According to the Remodeling 2016 Cost vs. Value Report, upon resale, homeowners recoup upwards of 95 percent of the project cost. Other reliable estimates land report ROI of 107.7%! When they're living in the house, homeowners also save money on energy costs and utilities. Those savings begin the day attic insulation is installed!
Want to calculate the rate of return for insulation in your zip code? Check out the Department of Energy's Home Energy Saver Calculator. This site also provides lots of recommendations on energy upgrades you can make to save at home. It's a wonderful resource!
How to tell if you need more insulation
It's easy to figure out if your home is under-insulated (90% of homes in the United States are). All it takes is a tape measure and a calculator. To measure your attic insulation, follow this Energy Star guide.
After that, give us a call. We'd be happy to help you estimate what it would cost to insulate your attic, given your exact specifications. Oh, and this service is free. We look forward to chatting with you!