Now is Best Time for Installing Insulation in HomesFebruary 3, 2016
First the good news. Then the bad news. Then the good news again. Before getting back to the bad news. Then finally the good news, hopefully.
We’re going to talk about home insulation installation. And the weather. And fuel costs. But all we really want to talk about is getting back to work and installing insulation in homes to protect from the winter cold.
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We don’t have much to say about winter 2016. This beastly season is speaking – or, should we say, bellowing – for itself. With record cold, bitter winds and historic snow fall in many parts of the nation, forcing many state governors to enact states of emergencies to cope with restricted roads, the importance of ensuring homes are properly insulated has become increasingly important.
According to the North American Manufacturers Association, most homes are not adequately insulated. Researchers say adding insulation to homes significantly reduces utility costs and CO2 emissions and helps stabilize indoor temperatures by reducing room-to-room climate fluctuations.
Why is that important? The Weather Channel predicts a chilly winter, which goes until March 19. Forecasters expect the East to get even colder later in the winter – in February and March.
In major cities and areas of the country, it’s going to be a freezing February. According to AccuWeather.com, the New York area will hover in the 30s; Chicago and the Midwest, the 20s; Alabama and the South, lows in the 30s; Spokane, Washington and the Northwest, lows in the 20s; and last and certainly the least, Barrow, Alaska, the lows will be way, way, way below zero.
In other words, it will continue to be very cold, and most likely it’s going to get even colder. Here’s some more dreary news: Despite the four walls and the roof over homeowners’ heads, most homes leak; that means that good, warm air is escaping into the wild blue and blustery yonder forcing old furnaces (most are 10-20 years old) to work harder.
The U.S. Department of Energy suggests homeowners take the possibility of a leaking home seriously. The first step in isolating and fixing leaks is by hiring a technician, experts say. After that, fixing the problem involves hiring a home insulation installer.
So, what does all this meteorological talk mean – in the big and chilly scheme of things? It means utility bills will inevitably rise as temperatures continue to drop. But winter 2016 gets even stranger.
To throw more fuel on this blustery dilemma, most people are pleasantly – although perhaps suspiciously – surprised that gas prices at the pump are dropping.
While the fall of fuel prices and a chilly winter seem to be running parallel with each other, delaying the inevitable task of insulating an inadequately insulated home because home heating oil may be low is chilly logic.
U.S. Energy Administrator Adam Sieminski said: “Despite cold winter temperatures during November and early January for much of the country, lower fuel prices are expected to help cut home heating bills compared to last winter.”
The simple truth is: This good fortune of low gas prices won’t last.
“Many drivers are noticing an uptick in gas prices for the first time in months,” said AAA spokesman Avery Ash. “It is typical to see gas prices increase this time of year due to refinery issues.”
With the added cash and savings from lower pump prices, this is the best time to invest in home insulation. After all, even the big bad wolf of brittle winter cold couldn’t blow away a well-insulated home.
We at Capitol Machine hope you stay warm and secure as winter arrives. Did you find this information helpful? Contact us with questions or for more information