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 adequate insulation pays for itself in as little as six months or less! 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 about 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%?
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, the depth of 15-inches is an R-38 rating. The higher the number the greater the number of insulation benefits. At Fresh Start, 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. Because the heat escapes 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.
Note from a client in Kansas City, MO: We own 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. The former owners insulated the attic a few years ago. So, initially, we did not consider that insulation would need to be addressed. Due to your inspection, we learned our attic only had 12 inches of insulation. Also, there were large bare spots that had not been covered correctly.
In addition to adding insulation, you addressed our other concerns with mold damage at the same time. You were able to improve airflow, by adding additional soffit vents. Also, we learned so much about the airflow of our attic. After Fresh Start completed our insulation project, our utility bills never reached over $400 per month…more than a 50% reduction! Amazing! The best services all around!
Professional attic insulation, ensures proper use of materials, airflow, and more. Improper ventilation is the leading cause of attic mold. 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.