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Summer Insulation Best Practices

Summer Insulation Best PracticesWe 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.

Summer Insulation Benefits

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.

Summer Insulation Tips

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.

This is Why Insulation is Important in the Summer Months

This is Why Insulation is Important in the Summer MonthsOne 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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