If you’re looking to cut your heating costs, the answer might lie in your insulation. Industry experts say you can save up to 20 percent of heating and cooling costs each year by properly insulating and sealing your home.
There are also tax incentives available to help you fund the project, and they are available until the end of the year.
The purpose of insulation is to help you keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
However, Angie’s List says that since insulation can deteriorate, it’s important to have it checked periodically to make sure it remains efficient. Though insulation is often most associated with the attic, it’s also important to make sure your walls, crawl spaces and basement are properly insulated.
If you decide to re-insulate your home, Angie’s List suggests keeping the following things in mind:
- Hire help: Adding insulation to your attic by yourself can be dangerous, and it’s best to hire a professional.
- Consider the “R” factor: The performance of insulation or its ability to resist heat flow is determined by R-value. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power.
- Know Your Options
- Make sure the company you hire is insured
- Check certifications
- Read your contract
- Take advantage of federal tax credits