How Much Heat is Your Home Losing?

Proper home insulation can prevent escaping heat. A door window has condensation from escaping heat in the winter.

Energy efficiency is dependent on many layers, both figuratively and literally. One of the primary lines of defense that separates your family inside your house to the elements outside is your home’s insulation. With proper home insulation, it will be easier to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Insulation in your home works by providing resistance to heat flow, and that will lead to lower heating and cooling costs. The most common types of insulation you might find in homes works by slowing the conductive heat flow and convective heat flow. Conduction refers to heat moving through materials, and convection refers to heat circulating through liquids or gases.

The materials that make up home insulation can include fiberglass, rockwool, cellulose, natural fibers, or rigid foam boards. Knowing what type is right for your home can be tricky to find out, so it is best that you consult an HVAC technician to help guide you through the process.

One of the things you should know about insulation is its thermal resistance, or R-value. The higher the R-value, the greater effect the insulation will have on heating. This number is determined by the type of insulation, its thickness and its density.

A reason that you might see your energy bills increasing is due to loss of heat. Poorly insulated homes will leak air, and in turn will force your HVAC system to work harder and longer to hit that desired temperature. Residential electricity and utility prices have already been on the rise, so there is no need to make the matter worse due to poor insulation.

Along with keeping your home more comfortable temperature-wise, you can also make it more comfortable and healthier for you and your family. Insulation both keeps your home’s air inside and the outdoor air outside, meaning fewer allergens or VOCs infiltrating into your home and reducing your indoor air quality.

There are many solid reasons to install better insulation in your home, and you can find out how by contact Lumberjack HVAC. Give us a call today at 616-383-4625 to have our experienced staff help you with your heating and cooling needs. From our transparent installation walkthroughs to our custom ductwork, Lumberjack HVAC is unlike any other heating or plumbing company. We’re a whole-home heating and air conditioning service specialist.

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