Running the heater all winter will inevitably lead to an increase in your electricity bill. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce energy consumption in winter. One of the most practical ones is making sure your home, especially your attic, is well-insulated. The roof repair contractors at Northwest Construction elaborate further below.
How Much Money Can You Save by Insulating Your Attic?
Making sure your attic has enough insulation can help cut heating costs by as much as 30%, which is quite significant given that the average homeowner will spend $595 and $1,646 for natural gas and heating oil, respectively, to heat their home. Plus, an insulated attic is likely to increase your property’s resale value—according to experts from Remodeling Magazine, prospective buyers are willing to shell out an additional $1,446 for a well-insulated attic. Overall, these cost reductions lead to a 107.7% return on your investment.
How to Tell if Your Attic Has Inadequate Insulation
However, how can you tell if your attic is not insulated well? Look for the following signs:
- Fluctuating temperatures in your home
- An unusual spike in household electricity consumption
- Ice dams in winter
Keep in mind that if your home was built before 1960’s, its attic will most probably be underinsulated. However, this doesn’t mean that there’s no need to inspect recently built homes—the quality of the insulation may have deteriorated over the years and require additional insulation. Remember: The only way to find out if your attic has enough insulation is to have a roofing contractor inspect it.
One more thing: Only hire a reputable contractor to install new insulation. That way, you’ll be able to safeguard your returns on investment and make sure your attic is properly insulated.
Northwest Construction, an A+-rated with the Better Business Bureau®, offers a wide range of professional exterior services, including the installation of insulation and gutters. To talk to an expert, call us at (313) 277-7676 or leave us a message here. We serve homeowners in West Bloomfield, Dearborn, and Taylor, MI, as well as their surrounding communities.