Today there is a lot of talk about insulating the attic. You might be wondering if this expense is actually worth it, after all you do not go into your attic very often. The answer, plain and simple, is that yes, it is worth it for a variety of reasons. The largest reason is that you will save money on your utility bills. The second reason is a main focus of homeowners today and is that you can conserve energy. This makes insulating your attic one of the most cost effective ways to do improve your home while doing your part to save the environment.
Since heat rises, during the winter, all of your hard earned heat coming from your furnace goes to the attic. This does not help the rest of your home, where you actually live. You suffer from inconsistent temperatures and even cold temperatures in the lower levels. When you insulate the attic, you prohibit the warm air from your furnace from escaping into the attic and out of your home. The heat will stay in your home, allowing you to experience comfortable, consistent temperatures without wasting any energy.
Reduced Utility Usage
There are two benefits to using your utilities less. The most obvious benefit is the lower utility bills you will realize. When you are losing heat through the attic, your furnace must work harder to reach the temperature you have set the thermostat at. Furnaces do not realize that you are losing energy through your attic. The furnace simply works harder to provide your home with the desired temperature. This results in higher utility bills. With attic insulation, the furnace has to run less to maintain your desired temperature, resulting in lower bills.
If you are using the furnace less often, you can reduce the maintenance and repair costs that furnaces typically incur. You could also prolong the life of your furnace simply by using it less often. When furnaces are forced to work hard, they tend to break down and need to be repaired or even replaced. This expenditure will be much higher than it costs to insulate your attic, which makes the choice of whether or not to add insulation to your attic an easy one.