We all know insulation is important in the winter It keeps warm air from rising into the attic, allowing it to stay in your home longer, keep your house more comfortable, and save you energy. But did you know that insulation is just is important in the summer?
Here’s how insulation can help you in warmer weather, as well as a few tips on making sure your home is properly insulated.
Insulation does two things in warm weather. First, it keeps warm air in the attic. As you cool your home, a lot of that cold air flows outside, only to be replaced by hot air from your attic, flowing in. Attic insulation helps keep that hot air out, allowing your home to stay cool longer. Wall insulation can help too, keeping the warm, humid, outdoor air from getting in, so your A/C can work more efficiently.
The other thing insulation does is protect your roof. The top of your roof is hot in the summer, as the sun beats down on it. When cold air leaks into the attic from your home, it makes the underside of the roof cooler. That temperature disparity can damage your roof, causing leaks, as well as leading to mold and mildew. Insulation keeps the heat in your attic, so your roof temperature remains even.
The most important place to insulate is your attic. Before you do, though, be sure to find and seal any air leaks that would allow hot air to flow into your home. Loose-fill is inexpensive, effective, and provides good coverage, making it an ideal choice. Make sure there’s between 10 and 14 inches of insulation in the room, and seal and insulate the attic door as well.
You might also consider insulating your ducts. This helps keep cold air cooler as it flows through them, allowing it to cool your home more efficiently. Talk to your HVAC contractor about how to insulate ductwork.
To learn more about summer insulation, contact us at Powers Heating & Air. We proudly serve Peachtree City’s home comfort needs.