If you are trying to avoid the need for furnace repair service during the winter and air conditioner repair during the summer, one of the best things to do is make sure your home is properly insulated. When your home is insulated, it is better equipped to retain heat during the coldest months of the year, and stay cool during the summer. Insulation can not only help reduce the amount of money you spend on energy each month, but it can also cause your home’s HVAC systems to kick on less frequently. Reducing the burden on your heating and air conditioning systems can prevent the need for frequent furnace repairs and air conditioner repairs.
Home insulation serves more than one purpose. First, it prevents the warm air produced by your furnace, or cool air produced by your air conditioning system, from escaping through your home’s ceilings, walls, doors, floor, and all other cracks and crevices. Second, insulation prevents cold air from entering your home during the winter and hot air from entering during the summer. In other words, home insulation helps block indoor air from escaping out of your home, and it also prevents outdoor air from entering in to your home. Both of these factors can greatly improve the comfort level inside of your home.
Cost Benefits of Home Insulation
Properly insulating your home can result in significant cost savings to you. When a home is not well-insulated, it is difficult to keep the interior of the home at the desired temperature. This may cause you to crank up the thermostat during the winter, or crank it down during the summer. When you do this, your HVAC system must work overtime to meet your demands. This typically results in higher energy costs.
But besides increased energy bills during the coldest and warmest months of the year, you may end up spending an exorbitant amount of money on HVAC repair costs when you force your heating or cooling system to work hard without a sufficient break. The cost of repeated furnace repairs or air conditioner repairs can quickly add up to a significant amount of money.
The next time your furnace repair service technician or air conditioner repair company comes to your house to service your HVAC systems, ask about the importance of home insulation. Your technician will undoubtedly provide you with information on the importance of sufficient insulation. Additionally, your technician may be able evaluate your home’s current insulation and provide you with advice on whether additional insulation should be considered.
The most important areas of your home to insulate properly are: the basement, the walls, the ceiling (and/or attic), and the floors. However, properly sealing doors, windows and wall cracks is also essential. Making sure your home is properly insulated is essential to saving money. It can also preserve your HVAC systems, prevent the need for furnace repair or air conditioner repair, and make your home’s interior temperature feel comfortable no matter the time of year.