Energy costs are on the rise. Want to know the secret #1 way to reduce heating and cooling costs for your home? Our sales pitch is pretty short: warm air rises, which causes up to 85% of your home’s heat to escape through the attic. This means your heating unit cranks out a lot more heat trying to keep up, which is the cause for high gas bills in winter and high electric bills in the summer months. Adding attic insulation is one of the best ways to lower your home’s energy bills and one of the best investments you can make in a suburban Chicago home.
Blown-in insulation (or ‘loose-fill’ insulation) is a fibrous insulating material that is installed by ‘blowing’ or spraying the material using a machine that breaks up the material and delivers it to the space in question via an air hose. An alternative to rolls, batts and foam board insulation, blown-in insulation is the preferred choice for covering large areas like home and garage attics and fills every gap and corner seamlessly. Attic insulation works by expanding to create many tiny air pockets that form an insulative layer.
Proper attic insulation blocks the flow of air through upper ceilings. However, many homes that were built to “normal” code standards (especially new construction) only have the minimally required amount of insulation, which, as evidenced by your presumably high heating bills, is just not getting the job done.
Read on to learn how to evaluate whether your home needs additional attic insulation.