The Added Heating & Cooling Costs of Poor Insulation

Your heating and cooling units might be operating at their best, but if your home is not equipped to keep the air in, you may be wasting money on your monthly electricity bill. This means that there may be a problem with your home’s insulation, and your units have to operate longer to achieve your desired indoor temperature, which could mean a hole in your pocket for the added utility costs.

How Much Are You Spending on Heating and Cooling Costs?

The efficient solution is to call the insulation professionals in Kansas City. A+ Insulation has been providing energy and cost-efficient solutions since 2004, and we have provided our clients with protection from both external elements and high energy bills.

Cost of Heating and Cooling

The national average for central air conditioning installation costs is approximately $5,391, while furnaces cost an average of $4,239. If maintained regularly, these units could last for about ten years, depending on factors such as the brand and the frequency of use.

Homeowners also need to consider electricity costs. We can get a rough estimate by multiplying the kilowatt (kW) the unit uses by the electricity rate to get the total electricity cost you have to pay to operate your unit hourly.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA), Kansas’ latest average electricity rate is $0.1196 per kW. The kilowatt depends on the unit, but if your unit uses 3,000 watts or 3 kilowatts, expect to spend almost $0.36 to operate it for an hour or $8.6 for the entire day. It may not seem like a lot, but this is only an estimate, and your electricity bill could still accumulate to hundreds of dollars.

Also, consider that it is the fall season. The weather will turn very cold in a few months, and your household will be using your heater more often. The last three years have seen a steady increase in heating costs during the winter season. In 2017, the EIA estimated that households across the United States pay an average of $980 for heating costs during the season.

Is Your Home Energy Efficient?

Some households may operate their heating and cooling units manually while others have automatic systems that adjust based on the indoor thermostat. However, without insulation, hot or cold air can escape your home. Even with your windows sealed and your doors closed, the temperature can escape through the walls, flooring, and roofing.

As a result, your units may be operating longer than necessary just to achieve your desired temperature. Not only are you consuming more electricity, but you are also overusing your units, which could damage the appliance over time. With insulation, the temperature is trapped indoors, which makes it easier to keep the temperature constant.

If you feel that your heating and cooling appliances are working at their best but your home is not equipped to keep the temperature in, maybe it is time to consider upgrading your insulation with the right Kansas City insulation company. Whether your house is best suited for attic or wall insulation, spray foam, or a Blow-in-Blanket System, A+ Insulation’s certified professionals can help you find the right insulation for your home. We provide efficient outputs that give households better indoor comfort.

Contact us today to receive a free inspection and estimate.