In the Chicagoland area, surviving the summer months is often possible even without the benefits of an air conditioning system. The number of hot days is significantly smaller in comparison to cold days during the winter months, and there is always other ways to cool off the home that don’t involve using an air conditioner. During the winter, we don’t have much choice but to invest in heating our homes. Many have taken to creating “energy efficiency funds” that are to be used to make energy efficient improvements to the home. Even if you have not been saving specifically for this purpose, odds are your funds are a little short this winter season.
An Easy Do it Yourself Project
Not making the home more energy efficient isn’t much of an option, but what if you could invest only a little, but save a lot down the line on your energy bill? Sounds too good to be true right? Well, if your home is lacking in proper insulation, adding insulation to the home will require only a small investment but come with a big return! You could even do the project yourself and save even more money! Simply take a peek in the attic and measure the number of inches you have of insulation. If it is below 14 and you live in Chicago, you need a fresh layer.
Batts and Rolls Simplify the Work
Another option would be to check the roof after the first snowfall. Look for areas where the snow has inexplicably melted. This is hard proof that hot air created by your heating system is leaking into the attic and through the roof. The next step would be to choose the type of insulation you are going to have installed. If you are having a pro do the job, find someone that specializes in blown-in attic insulation. If you are doing it on your own, it is best to go with batts and rolls of fiberglass. Either way, the cost of the job compared to the savings you will reap will amaze you, and take the sting out of opening your energy bill every month.