When your energy bills keep climbing during both winter and summer, you can assume that you have a problem on your hands. Either something is wrong with your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit, or there is a problem with your home insulation. Your HVAC system will be forced to work harder if cold or warm air is escaping from your house because of insulation problems.
You can start by having your HVAC system checked for problems. If there is nothing wrong with the system, call an expert to inspect the insulation in your home.
Energy auditors can check to see if your house needs additional insulation or new insulation altogether. They can also look for hidden air leaks and check your furnace and water heater to make sure that they are working properly. Energy auditors can use infrared technology to scout for air leaks in difficult-to-access areas of the house. Arranging an energy audit may qualify you to receive some rebates from your energy company.
Many homes in the country are not properly insulated, leading to heat loss during winter and heat penetration during summer. If you need to add additional insulation, make sure to find out what R-value you need. R-value is the measure of insulation’s thermal resistance. A higher R-value means better thermal performance and heat retention, which means slower heat loss. The R-value you need will depends on the climate of your area.
Hiring insulation professionals
Ask for several quotations before hiring an insulation professional. When you ask for price estimates, make sure they include the cost of removing your old insulation (if relevant). Ask about the quality of their installation and removal equipment. Do not just choose the lowest offer. Consider the company’s reputation and reviews.