A pretty big chunk of your income goes toward your heating and cooling costs each year. In fact, it’s estimated by Energy.gov that over half of all your energy usage is spent on using your HVAC systems. Of course, this will vary on a few factors, but overall, you’re paying a lot to keep your home comfortable.
But shouldn’t you do everything in your power to ensure your heating and cooling systems are working as efficiently as they can? Yes, and this starts with scheduling Canyon Lake, TX HVAC service as needed, such as routine maintenance and any subsequent repairs. But it also means keeping your indoor air quality in check, and a huge part of this is having the right amount and type of insulation surrounding your living space.
Insulation Helps Your Heating and Cooling Efficiency
There are a number of advantages to good insulation. It creates a suitable home environment year round, for starters. Not only does the right kind of insulation keep heat in during the winter (an application that most homeowners are familiar with) but it keeps heat out during the summer.
If you want to know how much savings your insulation can and is generating, it’s a good idea to have a home energy audit performed, in addition to air balancing services. This service is also a good idea if you’re thinking of upgrading or purchasing a new heater or air conditioner to make sure you’re using both as effectively as you can.
If you’ve never heard this term before, that’s okay. We don’t expect you to know it, but we would like to help you understand its importance. It is a unit of measurement, describing the temperature difference by which an object or material resists airflow. Thermal resistance is what you’re trying to achieve when you have insulation installed in your home.
The material used to construct your home matters a lot with this, but so too does the type and thickness of the insulation and where it’s placed. Most individuals are familiar with attic insulation, but the whole home needs this thermal protection, including walls, floors, and crawlspaces.
Insulating Your Walls
Although your attic is the biggest escape route for heat during the winter (remember, heat rises), your home’s walls are a major culprit, too. In fact, most household heat seeps out through windows and gaps around doors. Outdoor winds can also push cold air inside, where it displaces the warm air that is trying to stay inside your home.
Heat can also escape through conduction, which can be resolved by having caulking applied around your windows and doors, and also by having cavity insulation installed in the walls.
If you have any questions about your insulation or would like to schedule an appointment for air balancing to see just how well your HVAC systems are actually performing, we’re the team to call!
For more great efficiency and indoor air quality tips and expert HVAC services, contact Riteway Service Company today.