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Boosting Your Home's Insulation: Here's The Payback

October 4, 2011 | Blog

The weather outside can be frightful, and that’s particularly true when your home is lacking proper insulation. The wind blows and seems to come right through the walls, or the sun beats down and the heat penetrates through the ceiling, and you can almost see your energy dollars flying out the windows. So, what’s a homeowner to do?

Half the energy used in the average American home goes for heating and cooling, according to some estimates, and of that amount, nearly 40 percent is lost due to insufficient insulation. In many cases, a savings of 20 to 40 percent on your energy bills is possible after installing the recommended R-value in the attic alone.

If you are ready to add some much-needed insulation to your home and reap the benefits for years to come, you may wonder just what the payback will be, and will it be worth the investment. Here’s some information that will help you decide:

Since most homes these days already have some insulation installed, the first step for determining how much you can save on your energy bills by installing more is to figure out how much is already in your attic and walls. A professional can provide an energy assessment to help in this area. They can also provide an estimate of the cost of installing the recommended R-value to your home.

Once you have an estimate for adding more insulation, your utility company can supply you with figures for your yearly energy usage. Using these figures, simply divide by the expected percent of savings. This will give an annual savings after the installation. Divide the estimate for the overall cost of the new insulation, and this will give you the number of years to pay back on your investment.

For more information about how long before you will see a payback on your investment contact CCAC, Inc. in Corpus Christi.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about home insulation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Mathews CCAC Air Conditioning and Heating services Corpus Christi, TX. Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!      

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