If you’re considering a home energy upgrade, adding insulation to the walls, attic, or crawlspaces may be one of the best steps to take. Many people only associate insulation with staying warm. You may have an insulated thermos for your coffee or an insulated jacket for cold weather. But it’s actually something that helps to keep your home cooler in the summer as well.
All in all, insulation can help homeowners to stay comfortable and save big throughout the year. Learn more about blown-in insulation in the guide below and take the right steps toward better home efficiency by calling in an expert today.
What Is Blown-in Insulation?
Often, insulating materials (like fiberglass) come in batts and rolls, which you can lay out in the attic or another space in your home. However, this isn’t always the easiest or most effective way to insulate. Over time, parts of the insulation can wear down, and cracks between the insulating sheets allow heat to seep through.
Blown-in insulation is much more effective at filling in a space. Loose-fill fiberglass is spun into fibers. To fill in a space with this type of insulation, you would use a blowing machine to blow loose-fill fiberglass into the space. The fibers spread out evenly and settle into place, minimizing the ability for air to infiltrate it.
How Does Adding Insulation Help You?
Insulating materials like fiberglass have properties that prevent heat from transferring into or out of a space. While it cannot completely block the movement of heat, it slows it down enough to make heating a home—or cooling a home—a more efficient process.
Once you add insulation to your home, you may notice a number of improvements resulting in a better heating and cooling experience. Insulating a home may result in…
- Better Heating Performance: Your heating system performs better when insulation in the attic, walls, or crawlspaces makes it more difficult for heat to move to the outside of the home.
- Better AC Performance: Your air conditioner also improves in performance, since the heat barrier works both ways. In summer, your insulation helps to prevent heat from moving into your home too, keeping the air conditioner running smoothly.
- Overall Efficiency: All in all, when your home is well-insulated, your air conditioner and heating system do not have to work so hard. This results in better energy efficiency, which translates to a much lower operating cost for you.
Do You Need More Insulation in Your Home?
Your current levels of insulation may not be enough to really keep your home running as efficiently as possible. It’s tough to know whether or not you need insulation, but you can hire an energy expert to find out for sure. Even if you think you have insulation now, you may need to add more to really take control over your energy efficiency.
A home energy audit can help you get an idea of what you need to do to get a more efficient home. You may need to add insulation to the attic, seal air leaks throughout the home, or clean out your AC system or ducts.
For all your air conditioning needs, call the experts—Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. We provide energy audits in Stone Mountain, GA.