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How Does Your Insulation Work?

By March 10, 2017No Comments

Insulation plays an important role in keeping your home comfortable at an affordable rate. Not only does it save you money by keeping the warm air in during the cold winters and keeping the cool air in during the hot summers, but it helps regulate the temperature in your home. Because it’s such an important aspect of every home, it’s important to know how your insulation works and how to detect and fix any issues if they present themselves.

A/C and Heater Units

Insulation allows the energy your heating and AC units emit to stay within your home, at the desired temperature selected through the thermostat. Without proper insulation, your HVAC unit will continually push cool or heated air through your home in the effort to regulate the temperate. If the system doesn’t register that it’s making a difference, it will continue to run, causing a spike in your energy bill.

Air Circulation

As the air circulates throughout your home, something must keep the air from escaping. This is where insulation comes into play. With insulation, your home’s walls trap in the hot or cold air emitted from the HVAC unit, registering to the thermostat that the home’s climate has reached the desired temperature, which will cause the unit to rest.

Reducing Conduction

The primary goal of insulation is to reduce the amount of conduction that takes place. Conduction is simply the transfer of heat from one object to a surrounding object. In terms of home insulation, this means keeping the warm or cool air in your home from matching the temperatures outside. If the insulation in your home is working properly, then your home will hold its own against the climate outside

Recommendations

Poor insulation can cause several headaches including high electricity bills and potential damage to your home’s interior. If energy is wasted within your home, then your units are working overtime. This could potentially cause your system to freeze or overheat, resulting in costly repairs, as well as high energy bills. To reduce excess costs, you can make sure all your doors and windows are properly sealed. Additionally, you should have routine check-ups done to ensure your insulation is operating to its fullest potential.

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