Looking for ways to increase comfort and decrease energy bills this year? Insulating your attic is a simple but effective way to keep the warm or cool air in and lower energy use as a result. Continue reading for tips on insulating your attic.
Energy Star says that "making sure your attic is well-sealed and properly insulated is one of the most important things you can do as part of your ENERGY STAR Home Upgrade to reduce the air leaks that contribute to energy waste and make your home less comfortable." Low insulation levels mean that your HVAC system has to work harder to provide comfortable air. This results in higher bills and even damage to your system in the long run.
The EPA estimates that homeowners can save an average of 15 percent on heating and cooling costs by adding insulation in attics and floors and air sealing their homes. In Pennsylvania's climate zone, homeowners can save a little more, with an estimated annual utility bill savings of 16 percent.
Not only will you save on utility bills, but you may qualify for rebates and tax credits by insulating your attic. And with the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act, you can save even more -- families can claim up to $1,200 in credit each year just for adding insulation or installing efficient windows and doors.
So, how do you know if your attic needs more insulation? Here's how to measure it. First, if you can see floor joists, you probably need more insulation. Simply use a measuring tape to see the depth of your insulation. If it's only a couple of inches, you'll want to add more. Check out the quick video below from Energy Star on how to measure it.
You can learn more about insulating your attic, including how to choose the right type of insulation, by visiting Energy Star's website.
If you live in the Delaware Valley/Greater Philadelphia area and would like to find comfort within your home, visit our website or give us a call at 215 - 245 - 3200 to learn more.