Installing home insulation is like money in the bank, because, well, it can literally put more money in your bank. (Or in your tank, as the case might be with recent gas prices, but that’s beside the point.) It’s a year-round benefit that not only keeps you warm in the winter but cool in the summer, like a magical all-encompassing blanket that maintains a pleasant temperature no matter what the weather.
Take a close look at your bills, figure where the energy is going, and you’ll likely find heating and cooling your home makes up about 50 to 70 percent of your energy expense. Even the smallest amount of insulation added can equal a significant savings in energy, and more insulation means more savings. The investment pays for itself in a short time while providing a constant and uniform comfort level all through your living quarters.
Insulation should be used throughout the home, with priority given to attics, floors above unheated basements, and around the edges of concrete slabs where the cold can creep in or the heat escape. The recommended R-value thickness of the insulation for your area can be easily figured by logging on to the United States Department of Energy’s website at http://www.eere.energy.gov/ and entering your zip code. When installing insulation, remember the first inch or so gives the greatest energy loss protection. Always maintain the air spaces by not packing it in too tight, because that will actually inhibit the insulation’s usefulness.
But even beyond the simple financial savings offered by the installation of new or additional insulation, there is a benefit to the environment as you reduce emissions created by the burning of combustibles. Not to mention, you reduce your reliance on the use of fossil fuels to maintain your home’s temperature.
If saving money and saving the environment is part of your plan this year, experienced help is only a phone call away. You might even qualify for a program that will reimburse a portion of the project cost. Give Standard Insulating a call at 738-1424 or log on to www.StandardInsulatingCo.com to find out how we can help you save money and get the most home comfort out of your insulation.