Older homes aren’t as energy-efficient as newer homes when it comes to their heating and cooling systems. While many homes were built to keep houses cool in summer and warmer in winter, they’re not as efficient compared to modern technology.
Insulation options were limited years ago, so it’s often an excellent choice to upgrade your insulation instead of trying to replace your entire heating and cooling system.
How Does Insulation Work?
Insulation works to keep heat in or out of your home, depending on the season. There are different types of insulation, such as fiberglass, mineral wool, polystyrene, etc., and it is available as sprayable foam, rolls of batting, and loose-fill.
Many older homes have inadequate insulation in the walls, if they have any at all. Insulation has different R-values to determine how much heat they resist, with higher R-values being thicker and more effective.
Do You Need New Insulation?
The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) advises that homes built before 1960 are especially at risk for being under-insulated, and close to 90% of homes aren’t insulated as they should be.
If you’re not sure of the status of your home’s insulation, you can remove an electrical outlet cover and feel around inside the wall to find insulation. You can also gauge the temperature from room to room of your house and search for air leaks around windows, doors, and dryer vents.
The upfront cost of insulating your entire house, attic and sealing off air leaks might seem intimidating, but it pays off over time. Upgrading your insulation will help you save an average of 15% on your heating and cooling costs. Depending on your overall utility bills, that can mean you save around $200 a year.
Upgrading your insulation is worth the cost because it will pay off over time, increase your home’s resale value, and keep your family comfortable regardless of the season.