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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need insulation?

To resist heat flow

In order to maintain comfort in your home, the heat lost in winter must be replaced by your heating system and the heat gained in summer must be removed by your air conditioner. Insulation decreases this heat flow by providing an effective resistance to the flow of heat.

Heat flows naturally from a warmer to a cooler space. In winter, heat flow moves directly from heated living spaces to adjacent unheated attics, garages, and basements, or to the outdoors; or indirectly through interior ceilings, walls, and floors – wherever there is a difference in temperature. During the cooling season, heat flows from outdoors to the house interior.

What is R49?

Insulation level is specified by R-Value. R-Value is a measure of insulation’s ability to resist heat traveling through it. The higher the R-Value the better the thermal performance of the insulation.

R49 is the insulation value recommended for attics in the Greater Chicagoland area, though few homes actually meet this recommendation.
Does improving the insulation in my home qualify me for a tax credit?

Yes it does, thanks to Energy Star.

Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. Americans, with the help of Energy Star, saved enough energy in 2008 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 29 million cars — all while saving $19 billion on their utility bills.

Current guidelines allow for a tax credit of 30% of cost of insulation, up to $1,500.

Why is attic insulation so important?

Attic Insulation is the basic prerequisite for controlling heat and cooling in your home.

Cool air forces warm air to go up, and if your attic is unprotected all that valuable energy will silently leak out. This forces you to turn up the heat and continually feed the cycle of energy loss. It is just like trying to fill a tub with the drain open.

With proper attic insulation heat will lose its primary route of escape from you home. You can plug you house's "drain" with one simple call to AARCO!