When the temperature drops outside, your first instinct is to crank up the heat. You turn the dial on the thermostat and trust that your furnace will kick into a higher gear and keep your home warm and comfortable.
While relying on your furnace is a smart thing to do, there are other steps you can take to keep your home warm and cozy no matter how bad the winter weather gets. If you take the time to check your insulation, seal air leaks and stop energy loss, you can save money on your heating bill while extending the useful life of your furnace.
Reduce the Strain on Your Furnace
When your home is not properly insulated, your furnace needs to work extra hard every time you crank up the heat. A lack of insulation means the furnace must run longer and harder just to fight off the air leaks coming into your home.
That heavy strain could significantly reduce the useful life of your furnace. Worse yet, the constant demand on your heating system could lead to an unexpected breakdown, probably on the coldest night of the year. Adding insulation to your home can protect you from these dangers, so you can stay warmer and cozier all winter long.
Saving Money in the Long Run
You may think that adding insulation to your home is expensive, but not adding it could be far more costly in the long run. The price of the insulation, and the professional insulation if you need it, is a one-time expense. Even if the price is high, you only have to pay it once.
In contrast to the one-time cost of adding and installing insulation, the cost savings you can enjoy from extra insulation is something you will enjoy month after month and year after year. Every time you open your winter heating bill, you will see the savings, and those savings can really add up.
A Home Improvement That Pays for Itself
Some home improvement projects are better than others, and it is important to choose your projects with care. It could take years to recoup the cost of a new bathroom or upgraded kitchen, and the value it adds to your home may not be as great as you think.
Adding insulation, on the other hand, has a much shorter payback period. If your home is losing heat due to a lack of insulation, you should see savings right away once you fill in the gaps and add new insulation to your walls and attic. In the end, this is one home improvement that will actually pay for itself – and the sooner you get it done, the sooner you can start enjoying the benefits.