Is your house too cold during the winter? Does it never seem to cool off during the summer despite the fact that the air conditioner is running round-the-clock? Do you have sky-high energy bills during the winter and summer but you’re never comfortable? If your answer is “yes” to these questions, there’s a good chance that your house is NOT properly insulated.
But could adding insulation to your attics, crawl spaces, and the floors really make that much of a difference during extreme weather? Absolutely, but you don’t have to take just our word for it. According to energystar.gov, “EPA estimates that homeowners can save an average of 15% on heating and cooling costs (or an average of 11% on total energy costs) by air sealing their homes and adding insulation in attics, floors over crawl spaces, and accessible basement rim joists.”
What Does Insulation Do?
What does insulation do anyways? Well, think about it like a warm winter jacket that you put on your children before they step outside in below freezing conditions. Like the winter coat, insulation acts as a barrier. It does two things: 1) it prevents heat from escaping, and 2) it prevents heat from getting in. So, during the winter, insulation inside the attic, walls and floors keeps warm air in the home. In the summer when the AC is running, it prevents hot outdoor air from getting in.
“In many homes insulation is the most practical and cost-effective way to make a house more energy efficient, keeping it cooler in the summer and warmer in winter and saving up to 80% in heating and cooling losses,” according to yourenergysavings.gov.au. There’s a health benefit to insulation as well – it can reduce indoor condensation. In effect, it can reduce the unhealthful formation of mold inside the home.
If you suspect that your home is poorly-insulated, Green Home Solutions, LLC can help. We can provide you with a free estimate or take it a step further and perform a home energy audit to see what can be done to ensure your home runs more efficiently. Call now to schedule an appointment with a Cleveland heating and cooling technician.