Winter can cause your utility bills to skyrocket if your home is not properly insulated. We all want our home to be warm and cozy in the winter, no matter how tame it may be, and cool and comfortable in the summer, no matter how brutal the heat becomes. Without proper insulation, though, there is just no way that you can hope to achieve these goals. If you need any insulation services, whether for a new home or to improve upon existing insulation, call the technicians at Vanderford Air, Inc. We are more than happy to assess your home and your concerns, determine what type of insulation you need, the proper efficiency of insulation to use, and all the rest.
WHY ADEQUATE INSULATION IS SO IMPORTANT
For some reason, certain homeowners tend to think of insulation more in its role during the winter season: keeping the heat in your home where it belongs. This is, of course, a wildly irresponsible way to look at the matter, as insulation is every bit as integral to your comfort in the summertime: in fact, considering how intensely hot our summers can be, it may be even more pertinent during this time of year. Regardless of how hot or cold it may be outside, the purpose of insulation remains the same: to prevent heat transfer.
This means that it is your insulation that is largely responsible for the heat of the summer season from infiltrating your home. During the winter, when you are heating your home, insulation prevents that heat from leaking outside. This is due to the fact that heat will naturally try to move from a warmer climate to a cooler one. This natural tendency requires a heat barrier to maintain a comfortable living environment in your home, as well as to keep your HVAC system working efficiently.
There are a few types of insulation that may be used. Most homeowners are familiar with batt insulation, the fluffy type you may see in wall cavities, basements, or in your attic. However, when adding insulation to existing or uniquely shaped spaces, you may be better off utilizing blown-in fiberglass insulation. Regardless of the type of insulation used, it must be of the right efficiency and expertly installed. That is where our fine technicians come in.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND GREATER COMFORT
As we’ve discussed, insulation is a crucial factor when attempting to maintain comfortable temperatures and great energy efficiency in your home. However, these are not the only ways in which your insulation can benefit you. Just as insulation provides a barrier to prevent heat transfer into or out of your home, so too can it help to prevent airborne pollutants from making their way into your living space. This can help to boost indoor air quality. Just keep in mind that no home is – or should be – completely airtight, so further IAQ practices and equipment may still be necessary.
Insulation, by helping to retain or block out heat accordingly, can also take a fair amount of strain off of your HVAC system. This can help to prevent excessive wear and tear to this equipment, as well as the repair risks that such wear and tear creates.