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September 18, 2014
Why Insulation Matters
While we specialize in HVAC products and services, we want our customers to know that we can also take care of their insulation needs as well. Your heating and cooling system depends heavily upon the quality and integrity of your insulation. Old and improperly installed materials can lead to serious issues. Here’s why insulation matters.
How Insulation Works. Insulation comes in a wide variety of materials, but it has long been a necessary part of even the most primitive shelters. The basic principle behind insulation in your home is the control of thermal energy. All substances (including air itself) can function as a thermal barrier, but certain materials work better than others. The most common type of insulation is batt insulation, which comes in rolls that are sized to fill in the gaps between ceiling and floor joists, as well as wall studs. Insulation works by controlling the natural flow of thermal energy from hot to cold. For new home installations, several different kinds of insulation may be used, including foam board and even spray foam. Proper installation is the key to its effectiveness.
The Key to Energy Efficiency. Yes, you can choose the most expensive air conditioner or heater on the market, and such systems provide amazing performance and energy efficiency. But it’s all for naught without adequate home insulation. If your home cannot control the flow of thermal energy, then your cool air will be spoiled in the summer, and your heated air will go straight through the walls in the winter. The result will be that your HVAC system has to work harder for less comfort, and your energy bills will be much higher than they should be. The first step to comfort as well as energy efficiency is ensuring that your living space has adequate insulation.
Year-round Thermal Control. While some think of insulation as principally concerned with keeping your home warm, it’s important to realize that it’s essential year-round. You can’t have a cool home without adequate insulation. As a thermal barrier, it prevents the outdoor heat from getting into the home as much as it prevents heat from leaving the home during the winter.
If you think that your home needs new or replacement insulation, then just contact the insulation experts at Buehler Air Conditioning today.