Top 4 Cost on Your Electric Bill and Why You Should Insulate Your Home

We are running a special this month.  If you book our services by January 31st, you can receive 10% off.  If you refer a neighbor, you can receive an additional 15% off.

Top 4 Leaky Areas

  • Walls –If your attic has enough insulation and proper air sealing, and your home still feels drafty and cold in the winter or too warm in the summer, chances are you need to add insulation to the exterior walls. This is more expensive and usually requires a contractor, but it may be worth the cost—especially if you live in a very cold climate. If you replace the exterior siding on your home, consider adding insulation at the same time.
  • Windows- You can buy strips of self-stick rubber weather sealing at a hardware store or online. Cut long strips down to fit your window dimensions, then peel and stick to the frame to close any gaps and keep out drafts.
  • Attic/Cathedral Ceiling– Loose-fill or batt insulation is typically installed in an attic. Loose-fill insulation is usually less expensive to install than batt insulation, and provides better coverage when installed properly. Properly insulating your cathedral ceilings will allow ceiling temperatures to remain closer to room temperatures, providing an even temperature distribution throughout the house.
  • Floors/Crawl Space/Basement – If the ducts in your home are in unconditioned space, seal and insulate them. When insulating floors above unconditioned garages, first seal all possible sources of air leakage. This strategy has the added benefit of minimizing the danger of contaminants (from car exhaust, paint, solvents, gardening supplies, etc.) in the garage migrating into the conditioned space.A properly insulated basement can save you money on heating and provide a dry, comfortable living space. In most cases, a basement with insulation installed on its exterior walls should be considered a conditioned space. Even in a house with an unconditioned basement, the basement is more connected to other living spaces than to the outside, which makes basement wall insulation preferable to ceiling insulation.

Savings

It’s January, and so far the weather has been mild.  However, winter is scheduled to hit the Cincinnati area around February 1st.  Now is the perfect time to insulate your home.  Heat loss can really drive up your electric bill in the winter months.   This can be problematic for  our older generation family members too.   In many homes insulation is the most practical and cost effective way to make a house more energy efficient, keeping it cooler in summer and warmer in winter and saving up to 40 per cent in heating and cooling bills. In addition, insulation may reduce condensation in the home.

At Mitchell Home Solutions, the cost to insulate your home will return on your investment in just one year.  The difference in heating bills for an average sized home has been estimated to be $1,500 a year for the leaky home, $750 a year for the modern home.

 

How to Inspect Your Home to See If It’s Leaky

Check the attic, walls, and floors adjacent to an unheated space, like a garage or basement. The structural elements are usually exposed in these areas, which makes it easy to see what type of insulation you have and to measure its depth or thickness (inches).

Inspect the exterior walls by using an electrical outlet:

1. Turn off the power to the outlet.

2. Remove the outlet cover and shine a flashlight into the crack around the outlet box. You should be able to see if there is insulation in the wall and possibly how thick it is.

3. Pull out a small amount of insulation if needed to help determine the type of insulation.

4. Check outlets on all floors as well as old and new parts of your house. Just because you find insulation in one wall doesn’t mean that it’s everywhere in the house.

Cost To Insulate

We are running a special this month.  If you book our services by January 31st, you can receive 10% off.  If you refer a neighbor, you can receive an additional 15% off.

MOST HOMEOWNERS SPEND BETWEEN:
$875 – $1,897

Call Mitchell Home Solutions at 513-404-8154 or email mitchellhomesoluion@gmail.com to request a quote.  You can also find us on ThumbTack

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