When you think of insulation, you may immediately think of how it can prevent the warm air inside your home from escaping during the winter. The question is, can it work both ways? After all, if it can keep the warm air in, it should be able to keep the cool air in as well. Seems to make sense, right?
Speaking in dollars and cents, insulation does two important things: 1) it lowers your heating bill, and 2) it lowers your cooling bill. When your home is properly insulated, it not only lowers your energy bills year-round, but it maximizes comfort. Without getting into the scientific details of how insulation works, we’ll say that without proper insulation, heat from your heater will escape through walls, cracks and crevices.
The same thing happens during the summer; without good insulation, cool air will escape and in effect, your HVAC system will work harder but you’ll still be uncomfortable. Not only that, but you’ll be running the heater and AC more than you should during the winter and summer months – and it can cost you hundreds if not thousands more annually.
Where Does Insulation Go?
According to energy.gov, “For optimal energy efficiency, your home should be properly insulated from the roof down to its foundation.” This includes but is not limited to:
- All exterior walls
- Unheated garages
- Shed roofs
- Storage areas
- Cathedral ceilings
- Vented crawl spaces
- Slab floors built on the ground
- Unfinished and finished attic spaces
- Floors that are above cold parts of the house
- Foundation walls located above the ground
- Foundation walls located in heated basements
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At Green Home Solutions, LLC, we are one of Northeast Ohio’s most trusted HVAC companies – a reputation that we’ve worked hard to earn and maintain. If you’re concerned that your home is poorly insulated and you’re losing money, we invite you to contact us to schedule a free estimate with one of our Cleveland heating and cooling technicians.