Based on new research, the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) estimates that roughly 90% of existing U.S. homes are under-insulated. That means that the occupants are less comfortable, and both energy and money are being wasted. Most likely, the main reason for this is twofold; first, construction standards and codes don’t require enough insulation to be used when building, and second, because insulation is out of sight, most homeowners don’t think about it! When they think of energy savings, they think windows and doors, but not attic and wall insulation. A+ Insulation breaks down this nationwide problem a bit more below.
Boosting Insulation in Existing Homes Could Cut Costs, Reduce CO2 Emissions, and Increase Comfort
“If all U.S. homes were fitted with insulation based on the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), residential electricity use nationwide would drop by about 5 percent and natural gas use by more than 10 percent,” said Dr. Jonathan Levy, Professor of Environmental Health at Boston University School of Public Health and lead researcher on the Boston University team that investigated the subject. But more importantly, for you, you could save energy and money while being more comfortable in your home.
Curt Rich, President and CEO of NAIMA, says the top reason people aren’t adding the insulation they need is that they just aren’t aware that their home most likely has far less insulation than a home built to modern standards. For instance, did you know that insulation has a three times greater impact on the average home’s energy and comfort than windows or doors do?
How Do You Find Out if Your Home Needs More Insulation?
The easiest way to determine whether your home needs more insulation is to have an energy audit performed. At A+ Insulation, we go through your home from room to room, inside and outside, to see which areas of your home are leaking the most energy. Then we can seal and add insulation to those areas to drastically reduce the loss.
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Typically, a home energy audit can run from $300 to $400. But at A+ Insulation, we do it for free. It just makes sense for us. Nobody wants to pay for something unless they need it. With 90% of homes under-insulated, we rarely run an audit on a home that doesn’t need more insulation. We look at it as a service to our customers. We can show you where your home is leaking and then make sure it doesn’t leak there anymore. Properly insulated homes have helped people reduce bills by up to $1,000 per year, so what are you waiting for?
If you think your home is possibly under-insulated, give A+ Insulation a call at (913) 281-2250 or (816) 268-7511 and schedule your free home energy audit.