If you look at a weather map you will notice it’s not just Chicago, but the entire Northeast portion from Maine to Florida 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 not just outside but in their homes. Here, we are taking a look at the ways attic insulation can help your home this winter.
Properly installing insulation in your attic will help reduce your energy bills. Attics are often one of the easiest places in a house to insulate, especially if you’d like to add insulation. For residential customers in Chicago, 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 fiberglass insulation present.
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.
It is important to take steps to make sure the insulation doesn’t block soffit vents to allow for proper attic ventilation. 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.
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 in attic insulation will bring substantial return on investment year after year after year.