Winter is here, along with it comes the cold and the damp. If your attic is poorly insulated, your home will be cold and it will allow precious heat to escape, not only wasting energy but raising your heating costs as well. If you would like to have your home to be green, as well as warm, and save on your heating costs this winter, then proper insulation installation is key.
Having a properly insulated attic not only saves you money and allows for more efficient heating in the winter, during the summer months it also saves money by cutting your cooling bills as well. This gives you double savings in both summer and winter. So, the first thing that you have to do is find out how much additional insulation you require for the part of the country you are living in.
New Tech and New Insulation
There are many ways to insulate your home especially the attic. The traditional ways of insulating an attic, are to lay down a vapor barrier and then put down either white cellulose fill (which is recycled paper ground to a fine consistency). The more advanced ways that are easier are laying down either Fiberglass batt or Rockwood both of which are laid down the same manner.
However, with the new synthetics that are available now there is perhaps a much simpler and a sure way to make sure your attic is insulated top to bottom.
Spray Foam Insulation
Using spray foam insulation adds additional benefits besides the energy efficient points mentioned above. It can lower your heating and cooling bill by an additional 10% to 30% because it completely seals the tiny gaps that traditional insulation methods leave behind.
In addition, it acts as a vermin control and keeps insects and rodents outside the home where they belong. The foam itself has no properties that either insects or vermin find attractive.
Spray foam installation also acts as a fire-repellant as it is fireproof and can prevent smoke and fire from traversing wireways that are often running through your ceiling and during a fire, smoke as well as flame can traverse the gaps between traditional insulation into other parts of the home.
Spray foam insulation seals around wiring and piping in an airtight seal, leaving no pathway for smoke or fire to travel through. This is why it is also used to insulate walls as well because it separates rooms with fireproof barriers.
While little bit more difficult to install the additional 10% to 30% savings in your heating costs in the winter and cooling costs in the summer pay pays for itself in energy savings and is recommended by Energy Star to seal your attic.
Even More Savings
Spray foam insulation can save you money in other ways as well, as it effectively seals out moisture and mold which can cause hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars in damages especially after heavy rains or winter's cold.
An additional side benefit is that it also acts as a sound dampener and makes the home much quieter.
However, as America goes green, carbon emissions need to be cut. Spray foam insulation can save you money in Energy Tax Credits as well as the fact that it prevents heat from your home from radiating into the environment. So, you can doubly benefit your home is adhering to green standards and you are eligible for government energy tax credits which is a win-win for your wallet, the environment, and future generations. Contact our insulation contractors to have your attic fully and safely insulated today.