Is Your Attic Costing You Money?
If you are like me, you are always trying to find ways to save money on your electric bill. You do the usual things like turning off the lights when you leave a room, you adjust your thermostat up or down a few degrees, you caulk around your windows, you wash in cold water as much as possible, you use your dishwasher but only when it is full etc.
But I bet there is one place that you have never even given a single thought – your attic! Did you know that you can save around $600 per year just by adjusting your attic insulation from R-11 to R-49. Depending on the materials you use and where you live, you can anticipate spending around $1500 to have a contractor insulate an 800 square foot area of your attic. You can expect this investment to pay you back in about three years. If you decide to do the job yourself, you will save about half of that.
So how do you know if you even need more attic insulation? The quickest way to determine if you need more attic insulation or not is this: look across your attic floor and if you can see the attic joists, then you definitely need more insulation. If you can’t see the joists and your existing insulation is above the tops of the joists then you do not need to add more insulation. You would just be wasting your money.
Here are three different ways you can add insulation to your attic.
1. Roll on or blanket type of insulation. It comes in rolls of either 15 or 23 inches wide and is made to fit between the joists. If your attic already has insulation, just install the batts at right angles and insulate over the joists. This type of insulation is the best to use if you are doing the job yourself because it is the easiest to work with.
2. Loose fill or blown in insulation. This type of insulation will require a machine that blows a stream of loose fill insulation over the existing insulation on your attic floor. This type of insulation is very efficient at filling in all of the small crevices and hard to reach places. However, this type of insulation installation is best left to a contractor.
3. Sprayed foam polyurethane. This type of insulation is good to use if you are planning on turning your attic into a living space. You will apply this insulation to the roof and rafters and not the floor. It will mold to the rafters and block water vapor and has a high R-rating per inch. This type of insulation will generally cost you double what the roll on or loose fill insulation will.
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