When summer’s heat arrives, it can make your air conditioning unit work harder than it should to keep the interior of your home comfortable. However, there is a way to help your home feel more comfortable for you and your family. And that is with insulation. While many home have insulation, you should check to make sure that it is enough. And if it is old, it may need to be replaced, or your home may simply need more to prepare for summer. There are five main locations where you can add insulation and that is your attic, walls, floors, crawlspace and basement. Sealing windows, adding window coverings and using eco-friendly accessories are other ways to ready your home for summer.
A home’s attic is the most important area to insulate. As sunlight shines down on your home, roof temperatures during the day can exceed 140 degrees Fahrenheit. When the temperature drops at night, the heat that your roof absorbed during the day is released, so if the insulation in your attic is old or diminished, then heat radiates down into your home. If your attic is properly insulated, your home will stay cooler. You can use either Batt, Blown-in or Spray Foam insulation for your attic.
When your appliances use less power to maintain your home’s interior temperatures, your power bill will likely decrease. While there are five main places to insulation, after your attic, walls would also be considered a must. This is because proper insulation in your house can lower your utility bills by as much as 20%. And in addition to energy efficiency, insulation in your walls also helps reduce noise within your home. You can also use Batt, Blown-In or Spray Foam for your walls.
Other Ways to Prepare for Summer Heat
Windows are another area of your home that lose cool air. To prevent this loss, make sure your windows are sealed. If your home’s windows are not double-glazed, use polyurethane panels. These form a seal around a window’s frame to stop air leaks. Because windows absorb heat, consider investing in blinds or thick curtains to rebuff heat. And if you have a fireplace, consider installing a chimney balloon as the device will stop cool air from exiting through this opening.
Insulation is a cost effective way to stay cool in the summer while decreasing your home’s energy costs and carbon footprint. To learn more, contact USI online to get a free quote. USI believes that excellence in every step of the process ensures timely completion and quality service, time after time.
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