Insulating your home is a pain, I get it. But the amount of money you literally throw out the window each month to keep your house cool or warm I would think would be a bigger item on your mind.
Your attic works like a machine. Each part of the “attic system” work with one another to insure that you keep a comfortable climate in your home.
But it’s more than that…
A properly insulated home will also protect your home investment over many years from repairs that could cost you more.
When a home has faulty or inadequate insulation, the HVAC unit ends up working overtime to keep the house at the desired temperature. This extended work load not only skyrockets the electric bill, but in addition it shortens the life span of the AC unit. I don’t know if you have priced an AC unit replacement lately, but it is somewhere to the tune of about $5,000 – $10,000! Why play roulette with an expense like that when something as simple as a much smaller investment of $800 to maybe $2,000 could save you the aggravation later?
Back about eight years ago, my house has crap for insulation. I mean, it was maybe 2 inches and probably older than I was. Well, in the summer (meaning June to September) my electric bill was upwards of $350+ for a two bedroom condo!!! I researched a bit and found out about insulation and figured why not, at this point it couldn’t hurt. So I called a local insulation contractor near me and had them come out and evaluate my situation. They agreed that my insulation was probably from the late 1970’s and that it definitely needed to be remedied.
I went with blown fiberglass insulation for my insulation of choice and budget.
It took about an hour or so for the installation to be completed. Within just a matter of maybe two days, I guess, I could see and feel a major difference in how my house now felt as to before. It felt like the cool air was being contained, my AC unit wasn’t going on every 15-20 minutes like before, and the overall feeling inside was 100 times better.
Since I did this in the middle of the month, I decided to wait until the following month to see what effect it had on my bill. The next coming month was August, which is the hottest month in my area. The previous year’s bill for August was about $378 and change. When I checked my bill for the following August after I had the insulation upgraded, it had dropped to $114.00!
So by just installing the right insulation, biting the bullet and making the investment, I had already saved myself $264.00 that would have gone to the electric company that was now in my pocket and the insulation was now paying for itself in the savings.
Fast forward to winter.
Same issue as in the summer except the cold air was coming in and warm air was flying out. My heating bill went from $148.00 to $58! Are you kidding me? This was paying off big time.
So I guess the bottom line and thing that you should take from this to begin with is this: Take the plunge, stop procrastinating, and get your home’s insulation done right. My investment was only about $1300.00 because my home is only about 1200 sq. ft. But the difference when all was said and done was night and day.
In just over a year the savings alone paid for the insulation job I had done and I keep reaping the benefits of that even to this day. The insulation contractors in your area will work with you and evaluate the best course of action to make sure your home is properly insulated. Check them out online and see what others say about them before you choose. The pricing has come down considerably and will be even better if you have your home done in the fall or winter. Summertime, everyone wants their houses done. Well your attic can get up to 160 degrees in the summer. Would you want to be crawling around an attic that feels like an oven? Probably not. I think it will be cheaper for you in the cooler months.
Either way, if you want to save on electricity bills monthly, do something about it.