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Do i need Insulation?

Do I need Insulation?

High heating and cooling bills, drafty rooms and could be a sign that your home needs insulation. During our home insulation inspection, one of our energy consultants will come to your home to assess your insulation needs. We will complete a thorough inspection of wall and attic insulation and make recommendations for needed improvements.

Attic Insulation Level Is Too Low Creating Problems ~ Click for larger image 

If you answered YES to any of the above questions there is a good chance your insulation levels are inadequate. Re-insulating your home is one of the fastest and most cost-efficient ways to reduce energy waste and maximize your energy dollars.

This Home Has Major Ice Dams That Are Blocking The Front Entrance To The Home ~ Click for larger image

 

The Ins and Outs of Insulation
Did you know that the average family spends close to $1,300 a year on their home's utility bills? Unfortunately, a large portion of that energy is wasted through poor insulation. Checking your home's insulation system is one of the fastest and most cost-efficient ways to reduce energy waste and maximize your energy dollars. You probably should insulate if you:
  • have an older home and haven't added insulation. In a recent survey, only 20% of homes built before 1980 were well insulated.

  • are uncommonly cold in the winter or hot in the summer; adding insulation creates a more uniform temperature and increases comfort.

  • build a new house or addition, or install new siding or roofing.

  • pay excessive energy bills.

  • are bothered by noise from the outdoors; insulation helps to muffle sound.

  • are concerned about the effect of energy use on the environment.
How Does Air Escape?
How does air escape the home? ~ Click for larger image
- Source: US Department of Energy

Relief For Your Heating & Cooling System

When you re-insulate not only will you save money on utility bills - you will also save on the cost of original and replacement equipment (since you will need smaller capacity systems) and maintenance. Cellulose insulation does such a good job protecting your home from the weather that your heating and cooling system:

  • can be downsized
  • will last longer
  • will run less
  • will require less maintenance

Which Energy Saving Improvements
Should You Choose?

Energy Saving Improvements Typical Payback Years
Attic/Ceiling Insulation 3 - 7 Years
Wall Insulation 6 - 12 Years
Floor Insulation 2 - 5 Years
Window Replacement 15 - 30 Years
Seal Large Air Leaks 1 - 2 Years
Seal Small Air Leaks 1 - 2 Years
Seal Ducts 1 - 2 Years
Storm Windows 4 - 10 Years
Setback Thermostat 1 - 2 Years
Energy-saving Showerhead 1 - 3 Years
Insulate Water Heater 1 - 2 Years
Landscaping 7 - 10 Years
Heating Tune-up 1 - 3 Years
Heating System Replacement 5 - 20 Years

Here Are The Most Cost-Effective Energy Saving Improvements You Can Make:
  • Sealing Major Air Leaks
  • Insulating
  • Improving Heating System Efficiency
  • Installing Hot Water Energy Savers
  • Improving Door Windows and Doors
  • Purchasing New Energy-Efficient Appliances
  • Reduce The Need For Air Conditioning Through Landscaping, Proper Maintenance Of Cooling Equipment And Energy-Wise Habits

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