Insulation Reduces Year-round Energy Expenses

Aug 27, 2013 by

As seasons change and temperatures start getting hotter or colder, our first instinct is to turn up the thermostat on our online heating and cooling system. The problem with this is that it causes our energy bills to rise. If some rooms in the house are too hot or too cold, poor insulation and inadequate air sealing might be to blame. A professional energy services contractor can help make your home more comfortable, while reducing heating and cooling costs by up to 20 percent with insulation and air sealing upgrades.

Insulation is a cost-effective way to improve heating & cooling efficiency

Many certified home energy specialists conduct a home energy audit to pinpoint energy problems and find the solutions that best address these issues, whether it’s adding more insulation or fixing leaky ductwork. Installing or upgrading insulation is one of the easiest ways to reduce energy expenses and improve comfort year-round. It’s often believed that insulation only helps to keep your home warm in the winter, but it’s actually essential to keeping your home cool in the summer. Before insulating the home, it’s important to first air seal any leaks to ensure maximum R-value from the insulation materials installed throughout the home. Insulation performance is measured by its R-value, or resistance to heat flow; so the higher the R-value, the better, right? Choosing the right type of insulation depends on the way your home was built, the climate of where you live, and the area of the house that you are insulating.

A skilled home insulation contractor will consider all of these factors when determining which insulation material to install. Spray foam and blown-in insulation are cost-effective options for insulating the attic, because they can be installed over existing insulation and are good for insulating hard-to-reach places, like wall cavities. Cellulose insulation is a “super green,” insulating material, because it’s made from recycled newspaper. It’s also treated with borate to resist and control fire, pests and mold, and is often used to insulate to insulate the attic, wall cavities and other enclosed spaces throughout the home. Rigid foam insulation has a high R-value and seals air leaks in one step. Dr. Energy Saver’s SuperAttic™ insulation system uses SilverGlo™ rigid foam insulation for insulating an attic without sacrificing storage space. Radiant barriers are primarily installed in homes with warmer climates and are usually installed in the attic to reduce heat gain and lower cooling costs.

When it comes to your HVAC system, size matters

In addition to making sure the home is properly insulated, it’s also important to make sure that the proper size equipment is installed. A system that is too big will turn on and off frequently, and a unit that’s too small will run constantly in order to reach the desired temperature. According to ENERGY STAR, only 80 percent of conditioned air is delivered in a home with an incorrectly-sized heating and cooling system.

With heating and cooling making up 40 percent of our energy costs, it makes sense that we apply home improvements to reduce that number. If a home has large air leaks or is not properly insulated, your heating and cooling system will have to work harder, resulting in higher utility bills. In the wintertime, heat rises and escapes through tiny holes and gaps in the attic walls and floors. This air is replaced by colder exterior air from underneath the home, which leads to drafty, uncomfortable rooms in your living space. Insulation combined with air sealing can eliminate drafts, increase the energy efficiency of your HVAC system, and improve comfort year-round.

Spend less to stay comfortable at home

Contact your local Dr. Energy Saver dealer today and schedule a home energy audit or free estimate. Stop spending a fortune to keep your home comfortable! The answer might be as simple as upgrading your insulation.

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