If you live anywhere in Iowa, you’ve experienced our temperamental weather conditions. We could have a 70-degree day in January and see snow in May. Unpredictable is an understatement when it comes to the weather forecast, but this doesn’t mean that you need to be underprepared. There are many different reasons for insulating your home that include increasing comfort, reducing the carbon footprint, energy efficiency, and lowering your heating and cooling bills. Is your home ready for this summer's heat and humidity?
The goal of insulation is to limit the heat exchange between the indoor and outdoor environments. Heat always transfers from areas of higher concentration to areas of lower concentration. In the winter months, the heat from inside your home tries to escape into the cold outside, and in the summer, the heat fights to get inside and spoil your cool, air-conditioned oasis. As a result, your insulation is just as important in the summer as it is in the winter.
How to Minimize Heat Exchange in Your Home
Good insulation is necessary for floors, walls, ceilings, attics, windows, ducts, and roofs. When it comes down to it, the main difference between drafty homes and well-insulated, tightly sealed homes is the condition of your roof and walls. Both of these are in constant contact with the outside elements. The “envelope” is the outer casing that serves as a temperature barrier between the inside and outside of your house. Hot air rises towards the top of your house up to the roof, so the insulation there is extremely important.
Improving insulation in older homes or installing insulation in new homes correctly can help save you from unnecessary money and energy waste. Air often leaks out around doors and windows, so caulking and weatherstripping are good solutions to keep out drafts in these areas. Good quality drapes are also very helpful. For floors, woolen carpets are ideal for keeping heat in or out. If your home has a central air unit, ducts are often sources of air leakage, lowering the home’s efficiency level. Have all your ducts sealed and insulated so that air can flow through properly and get where it needs to go. Also seal around registers so air can’t leak behind walls or under floors.
Why You Should Have Your Insulation Professionally Installed
Minimize heat exchange and lessen the use of heating and cooling systems in your home through proper and professionally installed insulation. It may cost more than installing the insulation yourself, but over time, it could save you a lot of money by reducing your energy bills. A professional will be able to expertly determine which type of insulation is best for your home and install it effectively. This can save you a lot of money by reducing drafts, leaks, and cracks where air can seep through. A very effective type of insulation is blown-in insulation. It is fire retardant, waterproof, and very energy-efficient. It works year round, effectively slowing down the transfer of heat.
If you're in the Ankeny or Huxley area, be sure to have Hedrick Construction check your old insulation or install new insulation before the summer heat wave hits Iowa. We provide exceptional value to our customers by professionally installing premium insulation at affordable rates.