With the New Year here, many homeowners will be drawing up a long list of repairs they can do on their properly as well as looking at potential home improvements for 2019. One essential improvement you can’t forget about is home insulation.
For many, insulation is generally out of sight and out of mind. However, neglecting your insulation could be costing you money through higher energy bills, resulting in fluctuating indoor temperatures and leaving your house with cold drafts.
If you are noticing any of these issues, it’s possible that you are considering waiting to get your insulation upgraded in the fall. This is a mistake. Many people don’t realize that insulation keeps your home comfortable all-year-round - not just in the winter month.
How does insulation work?
Insulation works by slowing the movement of heat between two materials. It does this by using dead air space or cells within a material to trap air and slow heat flow between objects of differing temperatures.
Insulation in your walls and attic prevent outdoor heat from entering your home. This helps you to easily maintain your indoor temperature making your home more comfortable and controlled. Similarly, your comfortable indoor temperature during the summer months can disappear without proper insulation.
If you have uninsulated walls, on the other hand, heat travels through them easily. This means on a cold day your heat will disappear from your home, while on a hot day it will be incredibly hard to keep cool air in and warm air out.
Does insulation keep a house cool in the summer?
While many homeowners believe insulation is just to keep your property warm in the winter, it actually plays a very important role in keeping your house cool in the summer.
By stopping the passage of heat by trapping air bubbles within the insulating material, insulation within your home helps to keep cooler temperatures within your walls and allows your HVAC system to continue running at an efficient rate.
Proper insulation of your attic will also help to create a barrier between your home and the sun. Without this insulation, your attic will be heated by the sun and this will allow summer temperatures to seep into your home and make your air conditioning unit work even harder in an attempt to cool the house down.
Not only does insulation just benefit your home’s temperature either. Insulation can also act as a sound barrier between you and the outdoors, making your indoor environment more peaceful.
Meanwhile, lack of proper insulation can lead to high levels of moisture in the air, which can eventually lead to mould growth. Mould is a major allergen and can cause issues for those who suffer from respiratory illnesses, as well as cause damage to your home. Insulation will stop this.
Want to find out more benefits of upgrading the insulation in your home? Contact our team of experts today for more information.