With the weather warming up for summer here in Long Island, you might be wondering what you can do to prepare your house for the hot weather ahead. Having air conditioning that’s in good working condition is definitely important, but did you know that your insulation can play a major role in your indoor comfort, as well as your home’s energy efficiency?
If you were under the impression that insulation really only benefitted your home in the cooler months of the year—think again! Proper insulation is one of the best ways to keep energy bills low and your indoors comfortable this summer—Home Efficiency Experts can explain.
How Does Insulation Work?
Insulation slows the transfer of heat between the inside and outside of your home. Heat is always trying to move from warm to cold—you might remember this from school as the second law of thermodynamics—and it can travel in the air through cracks or gaps in a building’s exterior or transfer through the actual building materials themselves, leading to energy loss and poor indoor comfort.
Insulation is harder for heat to move through than things like wood, sheetrock, and other construction materials, so with a properly insulated home, you’ll save money by running your AC or furnace less and you’ll have more even comfort throughout your house.
Does Insulation Keep Heat Out in the Summer?
When many people think of insulation, they think of its benefits in the middle of winter, when insulation will help keep heat from your furnace or boiler inside your house from escaping. But insulation also works in the summer to prevent outdoor summer heat from getting into your home. In both instances, insulation will reduce the need for your HVAC systems to run, saving you money, and you’ll be less prone to hot or cold spots or rooms and floors that are different temperatures than the rest of your house.
Other Benefits of Insulation and Air Sealing
Insulation replacement and air sealing aren’t just about energy efficiency and comfort either! Proper insulation can make your home more soundproof and quieter to live in, and it can also prevent allergens and other outdoor air pollutants from getting into your home. Plus, air sealing (and some kinds of insulation, like spray foam) can stop water and moisture from getting into your home, which can create high humidity levels, structural damage, and can even lead to harmful mold growth.
Last but not least, a more energy efficient and healthy home is also a more valuable one! If you’re ever planning on selling your house, you’ll find that homebuyers are more interested than ever in homes that minimize energy waste and are better for the environment.
Does Your House Need New Insulation? Find Out By Scheduling an Energy Audit!
Many homeowners overlook some of the more obvious signs of poor insulation and air leaks in their home like high energy bills and poor indoor comfort because:
1) they don’t realize how much they’re overpaying in energy bills, and 2) it’s not always easy to trace comfort issues back to your insulation.
Luckily, Home Efficiency Experts can help you find out with a home energy audit. As expert insulation contractors near you serving all of Long Island, we’ll inspect and test the current condition of your home, using our building science expertise and advanced technology to identify insulation issues in your home. Then we’ll sit down to review our results and give our best recommendation for home improvement, including insulation replacement costs and the different options you have for the best insulation to keep the heat out of your home this summer!