You’ve heard that insulation is key to surviving harsh winter climates. But did you know that insulation is just as important here in Florida as in areas with less agreeable winters? Insulation provides a barrier that makes it difficult for heat to move back and forth. Heat moves naturally from a warm area to a cooler one. In summer, heat transfers from the air outside through the walls and into your house, and in the winter it tends to move outdoors, even if your heater is running at full force.

So, without proper insulation, your heating and air conditioning systems have to work a lot harder to make up for the excess heat transfer. This means that you’re spending far more on your energy bills and possible repairs due to an overworked system. Besides that, your family members may complain about discomfort. But insulating material is effective enough to prevent this heat transfer and keep you feeling more comfortable at any time of year.

However, there are so many different types of insulating material that it can be difficult to choose the right type of insulation in Neptune Beach, FL. A contractor may recommend any of the following:

  • Fiberglass
  • Mineral Wool
  • Cellulose
  • Plastic Fiber
  • Cotton
  • Sheep’s Wool
  • Polystyrene
  • Polyurethane

How can you tell which type of insulation is right for you? Well, for one, you’ll likely want to choose a material that can be retrofitted into an existing home, instead of one that’s intended for new construction. In most cases, blown-in or loose-fill insulation includes fiberglass or cellulose materials, and you’ll need professional-grade equipment to handle the job.

You should also check the R-value of your insulating material. The R-value indicates how effectively a material can resist heat transfer. The R-value needed for your home will depend on which area of the house you are insulating, and a higher number is best.

But insulating a home also requires some expertise and calculations which most homeowners don’t know to perform. Therefore, you should always choose professionals for your new insulation in Neptune Beach, FL, like the folks at Buehler Air Conditioning. Our skilled contractors can help you to choose where insulation is most needed and which type will give you the most comfortable year-round.

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