If you read yesterday’s post, you know that attic temperatures in these hot, Louisiana summers can get up to 160 degrees. That’s even hotter than an ideal greenhouse temperature, which is still pretty hot at about 85 degrees. The good thing is, it’s still relatively cool right now. There’s still time to improve your home’s energy efficiency.
Spray foam insulation can reduce your energy costs by 60% in the summer. If you’re still feeling unsure, there are even more benefits to insulating your attic than just the savings on your energy bill.
For example, with a lower attic temperature, your home can maintain a constant temperature more easily. This reduces the need for your air conditioner to constantly run in an effort to keep your home cool. Not only does this lower your bill, but it also extends the life of your air conditioning equipment. Average central air conditioner repairs range from $225-1600, with a new unit costing almost $7,000. Keep this number in your mind.
Now, let’s talk spray foam costs. Let’s assume your home is 2,000 square feet. Spray foam insulation for your home will cost about $2,800. In Louisiana, the average energy bill for a home this size is approximately $400 per month. This does not take into account any extreme shifts in temperature. If we factor in just the 60% cut in your utilities, you will likely begin seeing a return in your investment within two years.
However, when we take into account the reduction in wear and tear on your air conditioning unit, your potential savings increase dramatically.
Some Important Things to Remember:
- Attic temperatures can be 80% higher than outdoor temperatures.
- Extreme differences in temperatures inside a home causes the air conditioner to work harder than it has to.
- Spray foam insulation is quick and inexpensive way to reduce attic temperatures.
- Lower attic temperatures mean lower utility bills and extended life for your air conditioner.
Remember, temperatures are still low. We’ve got a few months before summer, but now’s the time to insulate your attics. Begin enjoying the savings now rather than when summer is already here.
Leave the hothouse to the tomatoes, and enjoy a cool home and a lower utility bill!