With growing concerns based around the increase in energy prices and bills, it’s fair to say that a wise move would be to look towards methods that can save you heat and money. It stands to reason that the less heating and energy you use, the lower your overall energy bills are going to be. This is where attic insulation can make a huge difference to your heating bills; it allows your home to maintain the same level of heat for extended periods of time without the need for constant heating.
Is my house suitable?
The best way to determine if your house requires attic insulation is to take a good look around the attic for any signs of previously installed insulation. There is likely to be a layer of foam insulation between the beams on the floor, this is usually laid during the construction of some houses but is unlikely to be a sufficient amount to insulate the home properly. Here are a few tips to help you determine whether or not your home has sufficient insulation.
- Be sure that your attic is properly air sealed; any holes which carry a draft could be robbing precious heat from your home.
- Check the depth of insulation between the beams/rafters; a depth of around 22 inches is recommended for effective insulation.
- Ensure chimneys are properly sealed around using furnace cement.
- Look for foam tube insulation around any pipes that run through the attic
Renovating your home to be more energy efficient is certainly one move you will not regret; the payback in saving you will make is sure to be more than worth the installation fee after a few years. Depending on the size of your house and the amount of energy you generally tend to use, your residence may take less or more than three years to see substantial savings. Combining insulation with some other energy saving methods such as LED light bulbs, recommended energy saving appliances and an eco-friendly lifestyle, you could see a huge difference in your heating bills, especially during the winter months.
If you think your home is in great need of insulation and your attic is well suited, contact a recommended insulation provider for a visit consultation and find out the cost of insulation in tour roof and attic. If you feel you will live at the residence long enough to see the insulation pay for itself in terms of saving then you are sure to reap the benefits for years to come.
Written by Daniel Travis Brown on behalf of Branded Bathrooms Bathroom Furniture, follow him on Twitter @DanTravisBrown.