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Is Your Home Properly Insulated?

Do you wish your utility bills were costing you less each month? Air conditioning struggling to keep up? Do you have rooms in your home that are always colder or hotter than others?

If you answered yes to any of the questions, then it’s time for a free home energy inspection from Emerson Enterprises!

Everyone wants to reduce utility bill costs, save energy, and enjoy a more comfortable and efficient home. The most important thermal barrier in your home is the insulation in your attic. Almost 70% of a home’s energy loss is due to improper attic insulation and insufficient R-value. R-value is the capacity of an insulating material to resist heat transfer. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power. 

The Department of Energy recommends residential homes be at an R-value of R60. The amazing fact most homeowners are usually unaware of is that their homes are built to code or required minimums, and only hold a maximum R-value of R19! That means attics are under-insulated by about 13 inches of insulation and costing homeowners thousands of dollars a year in wasted energy loss. 

In colder months, insufficient attic insulation is a major contributor to the “Chimney effect”, which drives up heating & cooling bills and makes homes feel drafty and uncomfortable. The chimney effect occurs when hot air escapes quickly through the attic, creating a vacuum that draws cold air in through air leaks in the basement and ground floors. Once this cycle starts, it can make your furnace run around the clock preventing your home from feeling comfortable and certainly causing wasted spend on utilities.

Adding insulation to the Department of Energy’s recommendation for our region can save you up to 30% on your energy costs and create more comfort. In fact, most people make their investment back in less than three years, or as little as six months. Many homeowners choose a low interest or no interest financing plan, add insulation and the immediate savings per month cover their monthly payment and some.

The goal is clear, and that is to save money, create a more comfortable home, and save energy consumption as well. How do you know what R-value you have and if you’re spending too much on energy bills? Simply contact Emerson Enterprises to schedule your free home energy inspection today or fill out this form and we’ll let you know where you stand.

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