Have you ever gone into your attic during a hot summer day or a cold winter day? I recently went into my attic to store some boxes of things I won’t need any time soon. Once I got up there it was so cold, I needed to go back down and grab my jacket. I couldn’t believe how cold it was up there. I started looking around and realized there was no kind of insulation up there. This made a light bulb go off in my head and I decided to research adding insulation to my attic. One month later I added insulation and now I’m enjoying the added benefits from doing so.
Almost every home has an attic and most people never even think about adding insulation to it. You may be wondering why anyone would want to insulate their home’s attic. Well, there are many benefits to doing it and I will be telling you about them in this article.
Utility Bill Costs
Did you know that you can save money every month by insulating your attic? You heating and air conditioning systems will have to do less work to regulate the temperature in your home. The attic allows a lot of air from outside into your home because of the gaps and lack of insulation. By adding the insulation, the attic will not have as much air from outside getting in and your heater and air conditioner won’t have to compensate for the extra air anymore. Think of your attic like an open window on a 100 degree day. If that window is open your air conditioner will have to work extra hard to keep that room cool.
Value of Your Home
When you insulate your home’s attic you’re actually increasing the value of it. Many potential home buyers like to hear about ways they can save money when they are looking for their next home. Having the insulation is actually a great selling point to mention if you ever decide to sell your house.
When you add insulation to your attic you could be eligible to receive tax benefits. The US Department of Energy will give you a tax credit of up to 30% when you get your home insulated. You can read about the tax benefits here.
Once you have the insulation installed, you will soon find that your attic is no longer extremely cold or hot, in fact it can be quite comfortable. You can then utilize the attic space for things like an additional bedroom, office, or even a playroom for your children. A friend of mine uses his attic as a man cave and hosts many parties with his friends there.
As you can see, adding insulation to your attic is a great idea. You have the potential to save money each month, increase the value of your home, take advantage of tax benefits, and gain some extra space in your home. If you do decide to have your attic insulated, be sure to contact several different roofing companies to get the best cost estimate for the job. Also, make sure they’re fully licensed in the state they work in.