An area where you can make the fastest and most effective improvement with insulation is in your attic. During cooler months, insulation prevents heat from escaping, and in warmer months, it blocks heat from entering the home. It sounds simple, but without proper sealing and insulation, a home can become uncomfortably hot or cold.
How much is enough? If you can stick your head up into your attic and see the top of your attic joists, you likely need more insulation!
Most people have heard about R-value. Many of us know that the higher the value, the less amount of heat that passes through the insulation. Air that passes through insulation due to leaks in your attic will reduce the R-value. Another factor to consider is that different products have naturally different R-values. Foam has a much higher R-value than does fiberglass while cellulose falls somewhere in between.
Though not as flashy, insulation has a much better payback than you’ll get with those beautiful granite countertops. So when you’re building or remodeling, don’t skimp! The proper choice and amount of insulation will affect both your energy bills and your family’s comfort for years to come.
High heating and cooling costs can result from a lack of air sealing and insufficient insulation. Heating and cooling equipment that works harder than necessary can have a shortened lifespan and may need frequent repairs.
Interested in learning more about saving energy and money at your home? Call me to schedule an energy assessment.
DARRELL MARKS is the energy advisor at Kankakee Valley REMC.