Insulation is a topic that many homeowners start to think about as the winter months roll in. And for good reason. When your home’s insulation meets the recommended levels of the US Department of Energy, not only will you see the comfort of your home improve, you’ll also see your monthly energy bills decrease, all while qualifying you for a 2014 tax credit.
Although we think about cutting costs during the winter months on our heating bill with improved attic insulation, this is a product that actually regulates temperature year-round and will reduce your bills in the Summertime as well, making attic insulation one of the highest on the list for home improvement projects’ return on investment.
1. Attic Insulation Cuts Energy Bills Year-Round up to 20%
2. It Improves Air Flow and Overall Comfort Within Your Home
3. Qualifies you for up to $1500 in tax credits
4. See Immediate Savings on Your Energy Bills
5. Attic Insulation is Cost Effective and Has A High ROI
Blown-In Attic Insulation
The process of blowing in attic insulation is fairly simple. We show up with a fancy machine that churns the insulation as it’s inserted into the machine. The machine works by breaking it up and fluffing it, adding millions of the tiny air pockets that give the material its insulating power. The air then pushes the chunks of insulation up through a hose where the installer strategically aims the hose until the attic reaches the desired R-value.
AttiCat Expanding Blown-In Attic Insulation System
There are many products on the market for insulation, but our preferred choice is the AttiCat Expanding Blown-In Attic Insulation System by Owens Corning. OC is known for their innovation and has been a world leader in building material solutions for 75 years! Their insulation is conditioned further throughout the length of the hose, and as it bounces its way up to your attic, more and more air pockets are added, increasing its insulating power even more. And since Fiberglas™ insulation will not settle, it will keep its energy-saving R-Value over time.
Fun Fact: Owens Corning actually invented fiberglass insulation technology. They also trademarked the color pink for insulation. So if you’ve ever seen pink insulation, you’ve seen an OC product.
The process is accurate and efficient. Blowing the insulation should take less than 1.5 hours and the whole job can be completed in less than 4 hours based on a 1,000 sq. ft. attic at R-30. Fiberglas™ insulation releases and expands completely inside machine which provides low levels of dust and an easy cleanup for us – you’ll never even realize we were there.
Insulation levels are labeled by R-Values. R-Value is a measure of insulation’s ability to resist heat traveling through it. The higher the R-Value, the better the thermal performance of the insulation. Most homes built today have an R-Value in the 30’s. Many homes we see have even less. By ensuring that your home’s insulation meets the U.S. Department of Energy’s recommended levels (R49-R60), you will save money on your energy bills and improve the overall comfort of your home.
2014 Tax Credit
In addition to the savings on each energy bill, insulating your attic may qualify you for a tax credit for 10% of the cost of materials for qualifying insulation projects throughout 2014, up to $1,500. The state of Indiana offers up to $1,000 in tax credits, while your federal taxes will offer up to $500. To make sure that you utilize the proper materials, installation and qualify for the tax credits, visit the Indiana Office of Energy Development as well as the Federal Incentives/Policies for Renewables and Efficiency.
The Process for Inspecting and Installing New Insulation
Inspecting your attic for proper insulation is very easy to do and is often a free inspection by most qualified contractors. If your home is in need of additional insulation, a blown-in insulation product can be added very quickly and affordably, allowing for a great return on your investment.
Keep the cold air out this winter by contacting us for a free energy assessment of your home.