Insulation is one of the most misunderstood home upgrades available. Many homeowners have heard that insulation equals warmth during the winter, and this is certainly true. They’re often surprised, however, to find out that insulation is just as important if not more so during the summer for keeping the home cool—especially in a climate as warm as what we experience here in Atlanta.
When combined with air sealing, insulation is the key to home comfort throughout the entire year.
The Role of Insulation In Your Home
It should stand to reason that the less air leakage that occurs in your home, the better your heating and cooling systems will work. Tiny cracks and gaps can cause conditioned air to escape and unconditioned air to enter the home, which means your HVAC equipment needs to work overtime to keep up.
The first step to nipping this problem in the bud is to air seal these cracks and gaps, thus creating a tighter building envelope and putting a stop to unwanted airflow.
While air sealing can play a key role in creating a more comfortable home environment, it’s only marginally effective on its own. When combined with high-performance insulation, however, the benefits of air sealing really begin to show themselves.
Where to Insulate
Starting up at the top of your home, a well-insulated attic can help to reduce heat transfer by 25% or more, which means the summer heat doesn’t make its way down to your living room. There are a handful of different options available for insulating the home. Spray foam, fiberglass and cellulose all have their specific uses and can be combined to create a tighter home envelope.
Once the attic has been addressed, insulation can be added to other areas of the home like inside your walls, which can reduce the heat transfer that occurs as a result of warm shingles or siding. This not only helps your HVAC equipment work better, but it can significantly improve the quality of your indoor air throughout the entire year.
Arbor—Your Atlanta Insulation Specialists
At Arbor Insulation Solutions, we believe that a combination of air sealing and insulation can make a world of difference no matter how large, small, old or new the home happens to be. Our team will walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have along the way. Once the work has been completed, you’ll experience an instant uptick in home performance and indoor comfort.