The United States Department of Energy estimates that on average, homeowners spend around 49% of their home’s energy bill allotment on heating and cooling their homes. This means that your energy bill could easily spike when experiencing a heatwave like we have seen in California of late. This is especially true if your home is under or improperly insulated. Therefore, one way to combat this increased energy cost is to ensure that your home is properly insulated.
Brief History on Home Insulation
If your home was built before the year 1983, you can be pretty sure that you would benefit from additional insulation. This is because prior to that year, there were not any or at least substantial standards with regard to insulation grades within state-mandated building codes. The first state building standards were not implemented in California until 1975, with significant upgrades to code requirements in both 1978 and again in 1983. Therefore, it’s safe to assume that any home built in the state before 1983 could use at least some upgrades to its insulation. Furthermore, based on the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association, around 90% of single-family homes in the nation are considered under-insulated in general. This stat shows that there is a good chance that no matter when your home was built, it could use an upgrade in insulation.
Signs of Inadequate or Poor Insulation
In addition to sky-high energy costs being accrued to cool your home, the following are some other signs to look for that could indicate your home would benefit from additional insulation:
- Temperatures vary greatly from room to room. This could indicate that insulation is not applied in the same manner throughout your home, which could signal an insulation issue in one particular spot of your home.
- You have drafts around windows or your dryer vent. This doesn’t have to do with insulation per se but is important to mention because if you have significant air leakage via drafts around your home, it won’t matter how well insulated your home is as it won’t hold in the cool air as desired. Therefore, draftiness is something that has to be addressed when you insulate to get the most bang for your buck.
Home Insulation, Worth The Investment
As is the case with virtually any potential home improvement, you always have to weigh your investment costs against the potential reward or rate of return of the project. When it comes to insulation, you can rest assured that investing in additional insulation is a worthwhile endeavor. In fact, according to contractor Tom Silva or This Old House, “A well-insulated house will make you more comfortable in every season, and it’s quieter, too.” This makes it “the wisest way to invest that I know of,” no questions asked.
Contact us to Learn More
At Byers, we offer proudly Owens Corning Insulation which is OC Pro Cat. This was formally called Atticat. Contact us for a free consultation to determine if your home could benefit from additional insulation.