Increasing Insulation in your home will lower your energy bills!
For those people too busy to read this full article, I will give you the secret right now. You can decrease your monthly energy bills, increase the lifespan of both your roof and your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system by increasing the insulation in your attic. BAM! There you go! Keep reading for more details…
Quick return on investment and great return on your money long term
Financial advisors and bankers will discuss the returns on your investment and how much money you make if you invest properly and sometimes they are accurate and other times they miss the mark.
“A penny saved is a penny earned” ~ Benjamin Franklin
Reducing your monthly spend on energy has an immediate and very gratifying impact on your savings. By increasing the insulation in your attic you can immediately decrease the amount of money you spend heating & cooling your home and decrease the costs associated with repairing and replacing both your roof and your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. The long-term payoff is HUGE! You could see your energy bills go down by as much as 15-25% depending on the climate and current levels of insulation.
There is a common term used with insulation, windows and window coverings called their R-value. The term R-value, refers to:
“An insulating material’s resistance to conductive heat flow is measured or rated in terms of its thermal resistance or R-value — the higher the R-value, the greater the insulating effectiveness. ” – https://energy.gov/energysaver/insulation
The higher the R-value of material the better the material is at not allowing heat to move through it. If you increase the R-value of your attic insulation you are going to lower the amount of energy that can travel through your ceiling and into your roof. This means it takes less energy to both cool your home and less energy to heat your home. So in the hot summer months you will not need to run your air conditioning system for nearly as long or have to set the temperature as low in order to keep it comfortable. Conversely, in the cooler winter months, you will be able to heat your home using less energy and running your heater less often or burning less wood in your fireplace or wood stove. Simply put, the higher the R-value of the insulation in your attic the lower your monthly heating and cooling bills.
Increase the lifespan of your roof
Another great side effect of a high R-value in your attic is reducing the stress put on your roof. When you combine our G & R Roofing Owens Corning insulation with a proper roof venting system like the GAF Cobra Vented Ridge system, you lower the temperature changes in your attic and keep them more consistent with the outside temperatures. This reduces the stress on your roofing materials to include the underlayment and roofing shingles, which in turn, increases their lifespan. By having proper insulation in your attic you will increase the life of your roof and reduce the costs associated with continued roof maintenance and eventual roof replacement.
Increase lifespan on your HVAC system
You can think about your HVAC system similar to the way you think about your automobile. The less wear and tear you put on your vehicle, the longer it will last. We often measure the life of a vehicle by how many miles are on the odometer. This gives us a pretty good indication of how much further we can use the vehicle before we have to start completely re-hauling it by replacing parts, getting the engine and transmission rebuilt, etc. Yet it is not just the mileage that is put on the vehicle, but also how “hard” the vehicle was used. This is what your tachometer is used for, measuring the rotations per minute or RPMs to measure the “stress” you are putting the engine and transmission under.
Similarly with your HVAC system you can think of mileage like the number of hours your HVAC system can run, there is a limit and at some point the “life” of the HVAC system will be reached and it will need to be replaced. Likewise, thinking of the RPMs of your vehicle and how hard the HVAC system has to work to cool or heat your home and this can have a dramatic negative effect on the overall life of your HVAC. When your home is properly insulated, the temperature fluctuations in your home are reduced and this means you will have to run your HVAC system less often (think less mileage) and for shorter periods of time (think lower RPMs) to control the interior temperature of your home. This all adds up to increase how long your HVAC system will work before you have to start spending money on repairs and eventually replacing the entire system.
Whole-House Energy Assessment
To determine whether you should add insulation to your home, you first need to determine how much insulation you already have in you home, and where it is located. Our G & R Roofing insulation team are highly qualified home energy estimators, and they will include an insulation check as part of the whole-house energy assessment. This audit will help us identify the areas of your home that are in need, so that we can provide you a free estimate. At G & R Roofing we know how to build, protect, and maintain all roofing systems, gutters, and insulation to ensure maximum roof life-expectancy. Our team will make sure your installation is done right, the first time. To get an estimate on adding insulation to your home in GREATER HOUSTON AREA or surrounding areas, call us today for details. 936-206-7636 for Houston area & 214-883-2931 for Dallas area & Surrounding Area.