You probably know that insulating your home is important in the winter, as it keeps rising heat from escaping your home into the attic. But did you know that insulation is also essential in the summer? Let’s take a look at how it can keep you cool and save you energy.
How Insulation Works
Heat naturally flows from warmer places to cooler places, until it reaches an equilibrium, and everything is the same temperature. So your A/C needs to pump cool air into your home in summer, to counterbalance the heat flowing in. The more heat in your home, the harder your system needs to work, and the more energy it uses.
The way insulation works is by slowing that flow of heat through your home. In winter, that keeps it from escaping, but in summer, it can keep the heat from getting into your home in the first place, while keeping the cool air in. This takes the pressure off of your HVAC system, helping your home reach a comfortable temperature without using so much energy.
Where and How to Insulate
The most effective place in your home to insulate in summer is the walls. So does that mean it needed to be installed when the house was built? Or that you have to tear down your existing walls and fill them with the same pink, fiberglass insulation in them that’s in your attic? Not at all. In fact, that type insulation can decrease in efficiency over time. The pink fiberglass will settle, leaving gaps in your wall’s protection where cool air can escape.
A much easier, more effective solution is to insulate by injection. By pumping a liquid foam into your walls, you can insulate without tearing your walls down. And the foam fills the entire wall, including all spaces and gaps, giving you complete coverage. It can be installed in any type of wall with minimal invasiveness, and will help keep you cool all summer long.
For help insulating this summer, contact us at Detmer and Sons, Inc. We’ve provided Dayton with quality HVAC service since 1978.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Dayton, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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