MN Attic Insulation Eden Prairie Minnesota

Minnesota Attic Insulation Eden Prairie MN

When it comes to the energy efficiency of your home, there are always improvements that can be made. The trick is to know which ones will provide the greatest benefit to you. Most homes in the United States are not well insulated. Older homes are particularly vulnerable, leading to high heating and air conditioning bills.In fact, most homes built before 1930 have no insulation at all.  Home built more recently may only be partially insulated.  So, what’s in your home’s walls?  Chances are, not much.

Attic Insulation

Insulating your attic is the most effective way to improve the energy efficiency of your home. With adequate attic insulation, heating in the winter and cooling during the summer reduces the load on your heating/cooling system, possibly extending the life of your furnace/air conditioner. And better yet, you may see energy savings of 30% to 40% after installing attic insulation.  It is also a place that is generally accessible, making it easier to air seal and insulate to improve your home’s comfort and overall energy performance.

Common Household Air Leaks

  • Behind the Kneewalls
  • Attic Hatch
  • Wiring Holes
  • Plumbing Vents
  • Open Soffit (the box that hides recessed lights)
  • Recessed Lights
  • Furnace Flue or Duct Chaseways(the hollow box or wall feature that hides ducts)
  • Basement Rim Joints(where the foundation meets the wood framing)
  • Windows & Doors
  • Dryer Vents
  • Crawlspace

Common Household Air Leaks

Improve Your Homes Energy Efficiency

More than any other time of year, you notice your home’s air leaks in the winter. Most people call these air leaks “drafts.” You may feel these drafts around windows and doors and think these leaks are your major source of wasted energy. In most homes, however, the most significant air leaks are hidden in the attic and basement. These are the leaks that significantly raise your energy bill and make your house uncomfortable. In cold weather, warm air rises in your house, just like it does in a chimney. This air, which you have paid to heat, is just wasted as it rises up into your attic and sucks cold air in all around your home—around windows, doors, and through holes into the basement.

Each energy efficiency improvement you make to your home will typically save enough energy to pay for itself within 5 to 10 years. Even if you have enough insulation in your attic, sealing attic air leaks will enhance the performance of your insulation and make your home much more comfortable. So, whether you live in an older home, or one built in the last twenty years, it pays to insulate.

Do You Have Enough Attic Insulation?

The quickest, and most reliable way to determine if you have enough attic insulation is to have a qualified contractor inspect your attic. The contractor can assess the type and condition of the insulation in your attic and make recommendations about how to ensure you have an adequate R-value. To make it even sweeter, for a limited time, save 10% on attic insulation from Tollefson Bros. Exteriors.

Energy Star DIY Guide to Insulating Your Attic

Save Energy at Home

Making your home more energy efficient with ENERGY STAR can help to reduce high energy bills, improve comfort and help to protect the environment.

Learn more about the energy impact of one household and tips for saving on cooling costs this summer with this Cool Ways to Save Energy at Home from ENERGY STAR!

Cool Ways to Save Energy at Home This Summer from ENERGY STAR!

An energy audit conducted by a professional would serve as a great start to assessing what areas need some help. In some cases, you can ask your energy provider for a free inspection.  If not, then calling a qualified Minnesota home improvement contractor is the first step in making your home more energy efficient.