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FEBRUARY 01 2022 /
When you think of attic insulation, do you think of keeping the heat in when it's cold? The truth is you can benefit from attic insulation year-round, no matter the temperature outside, and here's why:
We'll start with the most obvious benefit of attic insulation - temperature. As warm air drifts up through the attic and out the roof, your furnace will work hard to chug along and your house will still be cold.
The only way to prevent this is to insulate the top of your house. Experts agree that the attic is arguably the single greatest source of heat loss in home.
An interesting fact most don't know is that good attic insulation will also prevent cool air from escaping in the summer, too. So don't wait till the winter to get your attic insulated - keep your house cool now to prepare for the hot July days of our future.
When an attic is not properly insulated, the rising heat might lead to a warm roof, and then consequently melted snow. This melted snow can then lead to ice dams or ridges of ice that form at the edge of a roof and prevent melting snow from draining off.
The ice dams and condensation can slowly, steadily cause persistent damage in a home, especially on the roof. Moisture can also seep inside your wall insulation, which when wet is much less effective at keeping in heat.
As you can see, this turns into a cycle of long-term damage.
By sealing, checking, and changing out your insulation, you can prevent quite a few headaches down the road.
The last benefit of attic insulation is that it can help you save a good chunk of money. The statistics vary, but some homeowners have reported as much as a 50% savings once their attic was insulated - hundreds of dollars off your monthly electricity bill alone.
Of course, there are other factors that affect just how much will shed off your bill. These savings depend on the shape of your house and attic, the type of heating in the house, and the climate of the area - but in general, you will be happy with the impact!
The environment will be happy, too. Insulating your attic, according to the Department of Energy, is one of the most important energy-saving projects you can complete in your home.
The energy saved with this one change will reduce the need for energy creation, so power plants won't need to produce extra energy.
This also reduces pollution, as the majority of power plants, whether they use fossil fuels or nuclear energy, harm the environment in some way with byproducts or waste.
Attic insulation is a small upgrade that will have big benefits in the future - a gift that keeps on giving back. If you're interested in getting your attic insulated, be sure to schedule an appointment with our attic specialists at Killingsworth Environmental for a free consultation.