One of the most common misconceptions in home efficiency is that insulation is designed to keep your home warm and comfortable during the winter. This is only a half-truth. Insulating materials keep your home comfortable and efficient during the summer months, too!
Why Insulation is Important Year-Round
To be more specific, insulating materials are designed to keep heat in its place, rather than acting as a warming material like a blanket. Heat energy naturally seeks to move from a warmer to a cooler place. Unfortunately, this works against home efficiency and comfort all year long.
When outside temperatures are warmer during the summer, outside heat seeks the coolness of your home through any crack, leak or inadequate insulation that’s accessible. On cooler winter days, the heat inside your home uses these same efficiency gaps in your home’s envelope to move outside.
In the end, the greater the heat movement, the more you run your HVAC system and the higher your energy bills will be. It’s as simple as that.
Insulating Your Energy Budget
Installing or augmenting insulating materials in your home carries so many benefits for such a practical efficiency upgrade. Just touch the windows and walls on sun-facing rooms and see how much warmer they are compared to the north- and east-facing rooms.
If you have two or more floors of living space, you are already familiar with heat’s nature to rise, which makes it more expensive to keep upstairs rooms comfortable. By installing more insulation in your attic and walls where it’s needed, you can save energy and make your home more comfortable. Use these tips to determine if you need a home efficiency boost:
- Contact your HVAC pro to conduct an energy audit of your home to reveal air leaks and inadequate insulating materials.
- Seal up air leaks with the appropriate materials, such as caulk, weatherstripping and spray-in foam.
- Install insulating materials in your attic and walls (spray-in foam) to maximize comfort and efficiency.
For more information about home insulation, comfort and energy savings in your Peachtree City home, contact the pros at Powers Heating & Air today!
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about insulation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.
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