As the temperature drops this winter, your heating bill may rise. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the prices of residential heating oil and propane for the winter heating season this year are 23 percent higher, respectively, compared to the start of the previous cold weather season.
How to Lower Your Heating Bills This Winter
Making your home energy-efficient during winter helps you reduce your heating expenses. One way to do this is by upgrading the attic insulation of your Kansas home.
Keep the Cold Out
Although wall insulation for your entire home is ideal, it may be too large of a project to take on at the moment. While attic insulation could also be invasive in some cases, it is a more cost-effective and quicker way to keep your home warm. For starters, it can act as a “lid” on your entire home, keeping you comfortable as heat migrates upward.
When the heat rises, it travels up through your ceiling and escapes through any gaps in your attic.
This results in higher energy bills because your heating system has to work harder to produce enough heat to make you comfortable, which is wasteful.
This type of project may reduce your expenses on natural gas and heating oil by 30 percent. Rather than spending about $1,646 for heating oil and $595 for natural gas this winter, your total expenses may decrease to $1,152 for oil or $417 for gas.
You’re likely to earn a 107.7 percent return on investment (ROI) when you decide to sell your property. Experts say that buyers are willing to pay $1,446 more for a house with an insulated attic.
Choose the Right Insulation
When upgrading your attic insulation, choosing the right type of insulation is vital to effectively insulate your home. Batts and blankets are the most common types of insulation and come in convenient rolls; these are easy to transport and carry. This type of insulation is ideal for do-it-yourself projects.
But you still have to be careful when using this material. Improper installation can mean loss of thermal performance by as much as 50 percent.
Batts and blankets come in different variations, including:
- Fiberglass – ideal for walls, floors, and ceilings
- Rockwool – suitable for walls, floors, ceilings
- Cotton – works well with the walls
Another type of insulation is loose-fill, which consists of fluffy strands of fiber. You have to use a special machine to blow these strands of fiber into your attic and walls. The two types of loose-fill insulation are:
- Loose-fill fiberglass – suitable for ceilings
- Loose-fill cellulose – this works well in hard-to-reach places, unfinished attic floors, ceilings, enclosed existing walls or open new wall cavities.
For superior energy savings, structural insulated panels (SIPs) are an ideal choice. SIPs can save 12 to 14 percent of energy, but they’re costly, as well. SIPs can either be polystyrene or polyisocyanurate, which are ideal for new walls, ceilings, roofs, and floors.
You may also opt for spray foam insulation, which has higher R-values than batt insulation. R-values refer to the resistance of a material against conductive heat flow. Higher R-values mean that the material provides more effective insulation for your home.
There are two types of spray foam insulation, open-cell polyurethane, and closed-cell polyurethane. Both of them can be used in walls and on floors and ceilings.
Let the Professionals Install Your Insulation
While you can install your own insulation, it’s better to call the professionals to the do job instead. Installing insulation requires a lot of work and you need to identify potential areas where heat can escape.
Insulation can also be hazardous to your health if not done properly. You could experience skin irritation and various respiratory diseases.
Our team of certified installation technicians uses the right equipment while following the right procedure to do the job right the first time around. We use safe and cost-effective methods to keep your home warm during winter, and comfortable all year long.