Attic Insulation: Save Up to 50% on Your Energy Bills
Have you been wondering if you need to add attic insulation? When you reach for the thermostat, do you hesitate by asking yourself, "How high are my energy bills going to get this time?" Many of us would like to make our homes more energy efficient. However, it is easy to get overwhelmed on where to start. Many times, it's the simplest and most cost-effective method that is often overlooked, attic insulation.
What if we could tell you that you could lower your utility expenses by as much as 50%? Most energy efficient items like doors and windows are major investments that take years to see a financial gain. Did you know that simply having the adequate depth of attic insulation can provide some of your greatest home efficiency benefits? Inadequately insulated attics account for over 40% of home energy loss! Proper attic insulation has been linked with reducing home energy expenses dramatically and paying for itself in as little as six months or less!
How Much Attic Insulation Do I Need?
The Department of Energy recommends an attic insulation depth of 15 to 25 inches for the Kansas City area. R-Value is a rating of insulation quality. So, a depth of 15-inches is an R-38 rating. The higher the number the greater amount of insulation benefits. At FreshStart, we provide insulation services at all depth levels requested by the homeowner. However, our customers see the greatest benefits from the higher R-60+ rating that 20 to 25 inches of blown-in insulation provides. Therefore, we recommend the higher end of the Department of Energy's recommended range. Standard building practices over the last 30 years have used on average only 10 to 12 inches of attic insulation. So the majority of homes in the metro area do not even have the minimum recommendation of 15 inches / R-39 rating. We can simply add any additional depth needed on top of existing insulation that is in good condition. Adding an additional 10 to 15 inches is very inexpensive. Yet, the cost savings are notable. Utility savings pay for the insulation install in six months or less! One of the primary ways in the winter to know that an attic has insufficient insulation is that the snow will quickly melt from the roof. This is caused by heat escaping from the home through the attic. Having greater attic insulation helps tremendously with temperature differences between floors. Frequently homes in our area experience a 5 to 10 degrees difference between lower and upper levels. These temperature variances reduce dramatically with sufficient attic insulation. This will cause the house to feel more even and comfortable. Inferior insulation in your attic causes major heat loss through the roof. Accounting for 40% of your home's energy loss. Costing you thousands each year in unnecessary heat loss. This heat loss can also cause other issues like ice damming, roof leaks, and even mold damage.
A FreshStart Story: Reduced Energy Bills by Over 50%
Note from a client in Kansas City, MO: We own a large custom home, almost 4,000 square feet, on a property with two and a half acres. Our total utility expenses reached over $800 per month during the peak of the winter and summer seasons. We initially thought it was due to the size of the property, but found that was not the case! The attic had been insulated several years prior to our purchase, so we did not initially consider that the attic would need to be addressed. However, upon your inspection, we discovered that the attic only had 12 inches of insulation and there were bare spots that had not been covered correctly during the original install. In addition to adding approximately 12 more inches of insulation, you addressed our other concerns with mold damage at the same time. You were able to improve air flow, by adding additional soffit vents. We also learned that air flow was key to maintaining proper temperature and humidity in our attic, both of which can cause mold. The very next month, our utility bill's bar graph literally dropped by half, the day after the insulation was installed. After FreshStart completed our insulation project, our utility bills never reached over $400 per month...more than a 50% reduction! Amazing! We are very impressed to receive such wonderful services all around!
Things to Consider: Free Attic Insulation Estimate
Insulating your attic is best done by a professional for proper use of materials, air flow, and more. Improper ventilation is the leading cause of attic mold. Vents can be easily clogged with insulation if proper precautions are not taken first. There are many different opinions on the type of blown-in insulation that should be used, but all are still effective. We normally recommend fiberglass blown-in insulation due to the material's longevity and ease of use.