As we transition from summer into fall, there's a ton that we're looking forward to — the leaves are changing, the holiday season is swiftly approaching, and there are more opportunities to make yourself cozy at home. It all sounds perfect until you realize that as the temps cool down, your energy bills flare up.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 49% of a home’s energy bill is spent on heating and cooling. One of the main reasons your energy bills might increase is that your home isn’t insulated properly.
Adding insulation is one of the simplest home improvements you can make, and it comes with some huge benefits!
Here are six reasons why you should add insulation to your home:
Year-Round Comfort - When you think of insulation, you probably think about how it can keep your home warm during the cooler months. But in reality, insulation serves as protection for your home all year round. Insulation slows the transfer of temperature. It will keep the warmth from your heating system inside in the winter and the air from your HVAC unit inside during the summer. Proper insulation will help you and your family stay comfortable, no matter the season.
Reduce Energy Costs - Air leaks around your home waste your energy. Properly sealing your doors, windows, attics, basements, and crawl spaces will prevent your heater and your air conditioner from working harder, keeping your home at an ideal temperature without a high cost.
Reduce Noise Levels - Not only does insulation help with consistent temperatures, but it also serves as a way to soundproof your home! Insulation can absorb vibrations that bounce off of your walls and floors, keeping things peaceful and quiet.
Put An Extra Barrier Between You and Pests - If you'd like to avoid unwanted guests in your attic or crawlspace, there are several insulation options available to repel insects. When replacing or upgrading your home's insulation, there's an opportunity to eliminate any existing pest problems at the source.
Increase Your HVAC's Lifespan - Simply put, the less you use your HVAC system, the longer it will last.
Increase Your Home's Market Value - A well-insulated home often sells at a higher market value.
Why Take Action Now?
Now is the time to be thinking about energy savings. Most homes are leaking energy, so insulating and air sealing is like plugging these leaks—and taming the skyrocketing costs that go along with them. Additionally, you may be eligible for tax incentives to help finance the upgrade; though these are subject to change, so it’s best to speak with a qualified tax preparer to understand current regulations. In August 2022, Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act, with a major focus on home improvement and climate change. The bundle of policies dedicated a bunch of money to making homes more climate-friendly on their way to reducing US greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 In August 2022, Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act, with a major focus on home improvement and climate change. The bundle of policies dedicated a bunch of money to making homes more climate-friendly on their way to reducing US greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030
Still, Need Some Convincing?
It's clear that properly insulating your home can improve your quality of life in more ways than one. And at Crawlspace Solutions, we take pride in doing things the right way. Whether your attic, basement, or crawlspace doesn’t have any insulation, or your current insulation needs to be replaced, we're here to help at 1-800-411-0335!
As a family-owned and operated business since 1987, we have the experience necessary to keep your crawlspace healthy.