Does your home have an attic? Is that attic insulated? If you have an attic in your home, and it is not insulated it may be something to consider. Although most attics are alike when it comes to function and purpose, not all attics are insulated the same way. What may work for you may not work for your neighbor. Below is a breakdown of why you should insulate your attic as well as how much it could cost you.
One of the main reasons many people insulate their attic is that it cuts down energy costs. Depending on where you live, when temperatures begin to drop in the winter months, it’ll cost you to keep your home warm. Sure there are things you can do to stay warm such as layering up and cutting the heat on, but simple attic insulation can keep the warmth in. Conversely, during the warmer summer months, attic insulation can help trap in the cooler air which helps save on cooling costs. Whether or not you’re trying to keep the heat in or keep it out, attic insulation helps save you money over the years in energy costs.
Insulating your attic isn’t necessarily a job for the professionals, but it can be helpful. Hiring a professional company to handle your insulation needs means hiring someone to point out areas in which air may be leaking out, and just in general ensure the job is done correctly to get the most bang for your buck.
What Is The Cost To Insulate My Attic?
The cost of insulating your attic will vary depending on if you decide to do it yourself or employ the help of a trusted company. Another variable to the cost of attic insulation is the types of materials used. The size of your attic will also be a determining factor in the overall costs. Most attic insulations will run between $1700 and $2100 taking into account the aforementioned variables.
When insulating your attic you’ll have to decide what material to use. There are many options available but they are not all created equally. Insulation materials are rated with an “R-value.” This “value” measures the material’s ability to resist the transfer of heat; the higher the number, the better the material. There are three main types of insulation materials that are used: fiberglass, cellulose, and mineral wool. Fiberglass insulation is the cheapest material to insulate your attic with the lowest R-value. Although it is cheaper than the other options, fiberglass insulation doesn’t work well at trapping heat and can irritate the lungs. Cellulose insulation is made from recycled materials and is both insect and fire-resistant. It is arguably the best at insulation with the highest R-value, but it can be expensive and isn’t produced by many manufacturers. Lastly, there is mineral wool. Wool falls between the other two as far as heat transfer, R-value, is concerned. Mineral wool is naturally fire-resistant but tends to be a more expensive option.
The bottom line is insulating your attic is an excellent idea if you want to save money on energy costs, but the cost to do it will vary depending on the factors mentioned above.
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