Home remodel and renovation programs are hot topics on television and streaming programs. We all drool over kitchen, bathroom, and full home remodels, right? Have you ever noticed the critical feature missing in all these home remodels?
If you guessed insulation and air sealing, you are right. Typical remodels work on the inside, visual of the home, but the core of your comfort and your home’s long-term health begins with a well insulated home. This vital building component rarely gets the media attention it deserves. While it lacks the visual punch of other home features, the benefits are undeniable!
To help you improve your home’s insulation, we are excited to spread the word about the EXTENDED tax credit!
Here’s the scoop: ENERGY STAR is a governmental organization partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect the environment, improve air quality, safeguard public health, and reduce energy costs. ENERGY STAR is running a national campaign to encourage homeowners to air seal and insulate their homes.
What this means for you: The tax credits for residential energy efficiency have been extended through December 31, 2021. That means if you own an existing home AND that home is your primary residence, you qualify for a discount of 10% of cost up to $500 or a specific amount from $50-$300 on air sealing and home insulation services.
Why does air sealing matter? According to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association, roughly 90% of existing U.S. homes:
- Are under-insulated, and are
- Wasting energy, money, and decreasing comfort for homeowners.
Why should you air seal and insulate your home? Here are the top reasons as detailed by ENERGY STAR:
Reduced energy bills. Air sealing a home is one of the most cost effective ways to reduce energy bills by keeping air that has already been heated or cooled inside. ENERGY STAR estimates a homeowner can reduce heating and cooling costs up to 20% by upgrading their insulation and sealing air leaks.
Reduced wear and tear on your HVAC system. By keeping heated or cooled air in your home, your HVAC system runs less often. This helps reduce wear and tear on the system and can extend its life.
Better indoor air quality. Sealing air leaks can reduce the number of outside pollutants that enter a home. Not only can it keep your home cleaner by keeping out dust, pollen, and even insects, it helps keep these out of the air you breathe.
Increased comfort. When correctly installed, insulation can deliver comfort and savings, especially during the hottest and coldest times of the year. Sealing leaks and adding or upgrading insulation can improve the overall comfort of your home and help to fix many of these common problems:
- Reduced noise from outside.
- Better humidity control.
- Lower chance for ice dams on the roof/eves in snowy climates.
Additionally, you can expect the following benefits from properly installed insulation:
- Enhanced year-round comfort.
- Improved durability of the insulation products.
- Better resale of the home.
With the tax credit extension in hand and your insulation contractors ready to help, now is the time to air seal and insulate your home. Call us today! This offer expires in December!
NAIMA, naima.org or https://insulationinstitute.org/