Money Lost in the Attic

Attic Insulation

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If you look at a weather map you will notice it’s not just Detroit, but the entire Northeast portion of the country that is being hit by harsh winter weather so far this year. Many homeowners in different regions are trying to find ways to combat the cold. Here, we are taking a look at the ways attic insulation can help your home this winter!

Attic Insulation

Properly installing, attic insulation can help reduce your energy bills. Attics are often one of the easiest places in a house to insulate, especially if you’re just looking to add insulation.  The United States Department of Energy recommends insulation levels of an R Value of R-49 to R-60.  That means that your attic should have between 18” to 21” of loose-fill insulation present.  This is a general rule of thumb though, not all insulation is made equal, so check the tags before purchasing or make sure your contractor is installing to spec.

Attic Insulation Techniques

Loose-fill insulation is typically installed in an attic. Although installation costs may vary, loose-fill insulation is usually less expensive to install than batt insulation.  When installed properly, loose-fill insulation also provides better coverage.

One item that is very important is to make sure insulation doesn’t block soffit vents.  This can cause problems with proper attic ventilation which can cause other issues.  Additionally, it is important to make sure that rafter vents or baffles are also properly installed so that air intake from the soffit vents can come in to the attic space for ventilation and then exhaust out through the roof ventilation system.

Cost Savings

Adding insulation to your attic space to the government recommended levels can earn you a tax credit up to 30% of the material cost or $1,500.00.  Additionally, adding insulation can save money – you up to 30% on your utility bills, contribute to the lifespan of your heating and cooling equipment and extend the life expectancy of your roofing materials.

This simple and affordable investment will bring substantial return on investment year after year after year.


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