EASTLAKE, Ohio – Jan. 19, 2012 – Homeowners who want to reduce their heating bills should first determine if their home has adequate insulation, says USA Insulation President Patrick Pitrone. Adding ceiling and wall insulation, where needed, can reduce heating bills by as much as 30 to 50 percent.
External signs that a home is lacking insulation include icicles hanging from the eaves and snow melted off the roof and around the perimeter of the home. Additional signs include cold, drafty rooms and uneven temperatures not just room to room but also floor to floor.
“In addition to saving money on energy bills, an energy efficient home is more comfortable and has better indoor air quality,” says Pitrone. “Adding insulation is one of the lowest cost options for improving the energy efficiency of a home.”
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, only 20 percent of the houses built before 1980 are considered well insulated. Many homes have no insulation at all, due to the fact that building codes didn’t require insulation prior to the mid-1970s.
USA Insulation specializes in injecting foam insulation into the walls of existing homes, although they also install attic insulation and perform air sealing services.
But not all insulation is created equal, says Pitrone.
“Before investing in insulation, make sure it’s environmentally friendly, fire resistant, will prevent allergy causing dust particles from entering the home, and won’t settle like other wall insulation,” he said.
He adds USA Insulation Premium Foam currently offers the highest R-value of any wall insulation currently on the market. According to the company it’s up to 45 percent higher R-value than fiberglass, cellulose or rockwool and contains no formaldehyde — a substance found in some wall insulation.
According to Pitrone, the money saved in reduced energy costs often pays for the insulation within a few years. After that, the insulation continues to save money for the life of the home. It can also increase the resale value of a house, he said.
PHOTO CAPTION: Inadequate insulation causes heat to escape from a house. Icicles form when this heat warms up a home’s roof and melts the snow.