Did you know that up to half the energy you use to heat or cool your home escapes through walls, windows, and your attic? Not only does this cost you money in the form of high utility bills, it's also bad for the environment!
Many homeowners enjoy undertaking “do it yourself” home improvement projects now and then, but some things are best left to the professionals. Installing your home insulation is a project that can be very challenging and even dangerous for the average DIYer. Here are the top three reasons you should never try to install your home insulation.
Humans have been trying to stay warm or cool for as long as we have existed. In fact, it’s one of those things that will never change, and the fight for cool or warm temperatures continues to this day. However, unlike the cavemen days, there is a lot more technology and expertise available to make your home comfortable than just a fire or a door or shutters. This technique is called insulation, and the idea is simple; to keep the temperatures indoors at optimum levels, regardless of what it is outside. If your home is like an icebox in the winter or an oven during the summer, it’s most likely because of bad, or not enough, insulation.
Though most homeowners understand that home insulation is a must, some may not fully realize just how many variables can negatively impact the comfort and energy efficiency of your home. That’s why, in addition to with installing home insulation, you must also make sure that your home is sealed to prevent air leakage and intrusion.
Without proper insulation in Las Vegas, it’s easy to run up huge electric bills in the summer. Here’s a quick look at how, statistically, a typical household utilizes energy, how you might reduce your usage and how better attic insulation can help:
Even the smallest of air leaks in your home are a big deal. From garage to attic, they can happen anywhere and represent a serious increase in energy costs. In fact, between 10% and 30% of a home’s typical energy costs can be traced to energy leaks that could have (and should be) sealed. Fixing air leaks doesn’t have to be complicated and sufficient home insulation is a likely solution.
In Las Vegas, the extreme temperature fluctuations from high to low that often occur between day and night, especially in the winter, can make heating and cooling your home a challenge. Home insulation helps create energy efficiency and keeps your home comfortable no matter what the temperature is outside.
Cathedral ceilings make any room look bigger – and they create space for other desirable features such as towering picture windows, oversized chandeliers and ceiling fans. Yet, you may notice the room in your home with the cathedral ceiling feels chilly in the winter and warm in the summer. The solution could be the need for proper ceiling insulation
Taking steps to make your home more environmentally friendly is not only good for the environment but also for your wallet. You may have to pay some money up front, but these types of home improvements have the potential to save you money month after month on your power bill. And in some cases, you may even be able to receive rebates or tax credits to help you pay for your improvements.
The following are three ways to make your home environmentally friendly that you’ll want to consider:
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