You can't be blamed if the first hint of cold weather every year gives you the shivers. Old homes have a certain amount of class and character in their architecture that make them a joy to live in, but sometimes the lack of insulation can be a detriment. It is an easily remedied problem in the Greater Cleveland area with a call to P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling.
If you live in an older home, there is a good chance that there isn't enough insulation in the walls and in the attic. Homes built before the 1960s typically did not have much insulation installed while they were being built for a number of reasons. Built during a time when energy costs were nowhere near today's levels, it simply was cheaper to heat or cool a home with the available technologies at the time than it was to insulate properly. That's no longer the case, and energy costs are expected to rise again this winter.
Since heat rises, the most critical area to be insulated properly is your attic. That's the first place you should check to see how much (if any) insulation your home already has. Insulation is measured in "R" numbers, which indicates the material's ability to resist heat traveling through it. The higher the R-value, the better insulated you are.
Insulating your attic can pay immediate dividends by reducing heating bills. The EPA estimates that upgrading your home's insulation to the recommended levels can save you as much as 15 percent on your heating and cooling bills.
In addition to the real-money savings that upgrading your old home's insulation can bring, there are also other benefits.
- Upgrading your home's energy efficiency may qualify you for tax rebates or credits.
- Regulate heat better throughout your home, making cold or drafty rooms more comfortable.
- Reduce outside noise.
- Improve indoor air quality.
To best realize the benefits that properly insulating your home can bring, contact the professionals at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. They can perform a full-home energy audit to tell you exactly where you could be saving money this winter.