It’s no fun to come home to a warm, uncomfortable home, especially in the summertime (and it gets pretty hot here in the Tacoma, Washington area)! One question that often comes up about insulation is whether or not it can help keep a home cooler. The short answer is yes, absolutely!
But how does insulation do this? Keep reading to learn more!
How Does Insulation Help Keep My Home Cool?
Or warmer, as the topics are totally interchangeable where home insulation is concerned. To understand why it does this, you need to understand what common home insulation actually does. The vast majority of home insulation materials work by impeding thermal energy transfer. Applying insulation in your home creates what we commonly call an “envelope.”
Insulation, of course, doesn’t literally generate heat at all. In actuality, it simply (but very effectively) stops heat from moving into our out of your home. This means that in the summer, insulation helps prevent exterior air from coming in, therefore helping keep your home cooler and reduce your energy costs. The same principle applies in the colder months. Insulation helps ensure that the heat supplied by your furnace (or other heating system) will not escape outside, helping keep your home warm and toasty.
The Effectiveness of Insulation
How well your insulation performs depends on a lot of factors, including:
- The type of insulation your home is using
- The R-Value of your insulation versus your need
- Whether or not your insulation is adequate and fully-functioning
So essentially, keeping your home cooler comes down to having the right insulation, and the right amount of it. Not sure if yours is up to snuff? Consider an energy audit! This service is geared toward locating and addressing areas of your home that are losing energy, or using too much, and includes a full insulation assessment.
Professional Insulation Solutions for Homes in Tacoma, WA
Ready for a cooler home this summer—and a more comfortable home all year long? Contact our experts today!