True, it ain’t sexy. Insulation is not colorful or plush. It doesn’t entertain (adults or the kids) and is a bit boring. Add in that the attic is not a fun place to hang out, and you’ve just convinced yourself to repaint and redecorate the bathroom instead.
Well, why you may end up with a rockin’ bathroom, it’s not a place where you’ll get a lot of value overall. Adding new insulation to your attic, sadly, is a project that will pay you back in the long run while you inhabit your house and when you try to sell it to someone else. Plus, it’s really less expensive than you might think so maybe you can still do the bathroom after you take care of your priorities.
Insulation is one of those things that can get overlooked or marginalized because it’s hard to wrap our arms around its effect in concrete terms. Other factors weigh in, like air sealing, efficiency rating of windows and doors, the temps we keep our houses set to, etc. But generally speaking, insulation is one of the best investments you can make, both in your own personal comfort and in the saleability of your home.
The first step is to take an assessment of what insulation already exists and the condition its in. Check out your attic and make notes, then head outside and look for a way to discover what’s going on behind exterior walls. If you’re not comfortable making determinations, call your local utility provider. Most offer a free home energy audit and can give you a good understanding of what you need and a respective priority (read: impact) for each.
Although a hassle, insulation is relatively easy to install and can be done over a weekend. It’s helpful to have another set of hands to help cut down on going up and down your stairs.
Lincoln is a resource for homeowners seeking to save energy, lower their utility bills with attic insulation, and improve the life of their HVAC system. As an experienced residential carpenter, Lincoln gained firsthand experience with improving the quality and efficiency of homes in his Midwest community. Seeking a more effective way to heat and cool his home, he discovered radiant barrier foil insulation and now spends his time helping others do the same.