Did you know that if your attic is not properly insulated, you could be losing money? It’s true! Insufficient, old or poorly installed attic insulation is one of the biggest causes of rising utility bills. Not only that, but installing insulation yourself can actually cost you more money than if you were to hire an attic insulation company to do it – seems counterintuitive, right?
Saving Money On Your Attic Insulation
If you have noticed musty smells, rising electric bills, or are just trying to save money on new insulation, read on to learn more about the benefits of good insulation and how you can save money by having a professional install your attic insulation.
Perks of Attic Insulation
There are a variety of perks to having good insulation in your attic. Here are a couple:
Attic insulation helps ensure the healthiness of your home. A well-insulated and clean attic is less likely to be home to pests, whose droppings and presence can cause health hazards. Good insulation is also less likely to become mildewed or moldy, another issue that can cause allergies and air quality issues in your home.
If your home has old attic insulation, you may want to look into having it replaced – several types of insulation materials that were used in past decades have since been found to be hazardous to your health. If your attic is insulated with them, you will want to get them cleaned out and replaced.
In addition to promoting healthier air quality and deterring pests, attic insulation can significantly impact your energy bills. Insufficient, thin, torn or moldy insulation will lead to higher electric bills as your HVAC system struggles to maintain a consistent temperature in the living areas of your home.
Your attic space, if left drafty and uninsulated, will lead to spiking bills and a huge loss of energy efficiency. The attic will be cold during winter – causing your HVAC to work harder to heat the whole house – and hot during the summer – leading to your HVAC being unable to keep your home cool.
Why Should Professionals Handle It?
Paying for attic insulation services may seem like a waste of money. After all, couldn’t you just do the project yourself? While that is a possibility, it’s not often a good one. Though paying for professional services may seem unnecessary, there are a number of reasons why these services are a good investment that will pay for themselves in the long run.
Prior to the 1980s, many homes were insulated with asbestos. This material isn’t particularly dangerous as long as it’s left alone, but if it’s disturbed it can release toxic particles into the air – and if you aren’t a professional insulation expert, you could easily end up breathing in some.
Urea formaldehyde was also used to insulate older homes and has been linked (like asbestos) to a variety of health issues, including cancer. The gray, pebble-like vermiculite insulation containing asbestos and the yellow, brittle foam insulation containing urea formaldehyde should both be removed and handled by professionals, saving you potential health issues and expenses down the road.
Selecting the Right Insulation
There are a wide range of insulation types, and you need to pick the one best suited to your home and needs. There are fiberglass batts, blown-in insulation, sprayed-on foam, rigid foam boards, and more. Often, homeowners install basic fiberglass batts into their attic, not realizing that blow-in insulation is not only more effective, but also less expensive.
It may seem easy enough to visit your local home repair store and purchase fiberglass insulation, cut it, stuff it in your attic and call it a day. But did you know that when you buy insulation from the store, it is significantly marked up? On the other hand, a professional insulation installation company buys directly from the manufacturer for a much lower price. Then, a good insulation company will pass these savings onto you, meaning you pay less for insulation than if you buy directly from a retail store.
Once you’ve found the right insulation, it’s important that the material be properly installed. Gaps and holes can lead to air leakage, making insulation ineffective. Blocked ventilation can cause airflow problems and the accumulation of moisture, leading to mold and mildew.
A professional can make sure that the insulation is installed properly, that airflow is maintained, and that you don’t have to worry about condensation or mold. Though at first it may seem like it’d be more cost effective and easier to just install the insulation yourself, it likely won’t be. And, even if it is, problems caused by lack of expertise can cost you a lot of money down the road.
Contact Clean Crawls
Paying to have professionals remove old insulation, select new insulation and install it may seem too pricey. However, if you think of it as an investment into your home’s cleanliness and stability, the price is quickly justified. If you are interested in finding out more about attic insulation services, contact Clean Crawls today. We are ready to help!