In New Mexico’s cold winters and hot summers, energy use is becoming a bigger factor for homeowners as energy costs increase. Other than piling on blankets and sweaters in the winter, or sweltering in your home by setting your summer A/C thermostat to 80 degrees, how can you have a comfortable home AND save on energy bills?
If your Albuquerque or Rio Rancho home has a pitched roof, adding blown-in insulation to that attic space can have a significant reduction in your PNM and NM Gas Company bills. In addition, sealing air leaks throughout the home, including the foundation, windows and doors, can also save a lot of energy, according to EnergyStar.gov.
The average savings is estimated to be 15-20% of the cost to heat and cool your home when insulation is added to attics, crawl spaces, and accessible areas. Blown-in insulation has a typical lifespan of 20 to 30 years, so it’s an investment that will likely pay for itself.
Not only will New Mexico homeowners save several hundred dollars per year by using less energy to heat or cool their home, insulation also makes the home much quieter! If you sell the home in the future, be sure to mention the extra insulation to your real estate agent, who will likely list the home at an increased market value.
The type of insulation added will determine just how much insulative benefit occurs; the ability of insulation to reduce heat flow is its R-value. The greater the R-value, the more the heat flow is reduced between the inside and outside of your home.
For a free estimate on the cost to add insulation to your home, schedule a visit from the professional home insulation installers at Affordable Service. We’re here to improve your home’s comfort through energy-efficient HVAC systems as well as insulation, plumbing repairs, and air duct cleaning.