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September 2, 2014

Blowing in insulation aids ac and furnace units

Of all the money an average family spends on utility bills during the year, 54% of that money goes toward heating and cooling. A good way to reduce your heating and cooling costs for the whole year is to make sure your home is properly insulated. Insulation in your home works by providing resistance to heat flow. Hot air will move to find cooler air until the temperature can equalize. In the winter, you fill your home with hot air to contrast the cold air outside. In the summer, it is the opposite. The hot air, wherever it is, will always try to move toward the colder air. Insulation keeps hot air from getting out during the winter and keeps it from getting in during the summer. The better insulated your home is, the easier and cheaper it will be to heat and cool.

During the cold winter months, you are likely to turn on the heat in order to stay warm. The hot air generated by your heater will seek out cold air in your house until there is no longer a difference between the temperature in your house and the temperature you set on the thermostat. As the heat flows through the house, it will move to the areas that are cooler. If there’s an open path for the heat to leave your home and get outside into the cold, it will find it. As much as 25% of the heat generated can seep out through a poorly insulated attic. An additional 60% can get out through poorly insulated walls, windows, and doors. More than 85% of the heat you’re paying for can be going right outside into the cold without proper insulation.

During the hot summer months, heat from outside can radiate through your walls and into your home. Starting at the top of your house, a poorly insulated attic can reach temperatures as high as 150 degrees Fahrenheit on a hot summer day. This heat can radiate down through the entire house and increase the overall temperature inside. As a result of your home being filled with warm air, your air conditioner will have to work even harder in order compensate for the incoming hot air in order to cool your house.

Proper insulation can greatly reduce the amount of heat flowing into and out of your home during the entire year. Insulating your walls, windows, floors, and attic can reduce your energy bill as much as 20% or more. With the amount you can save on heating and cooling bills, insulation can pay for itself in as little as five years. Since lower energy bills are good for everyone, it can also increase the resale value of your home if you ever plan on selling.

Proper insulation is about making your house more energy efficient. Less energy needed to heat and cool your house means less fossil fuels used in the process, which means your home is less of an environmental impact.

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