Upgrading your air conditioner, installing Energy Star-rated appliances, using electricity judiciously – these are just a few of the jobs you can do to green your home. But what about insulation? While it may not be one of the more popular home improvement projects homeowners want to do, it sure does make a difference in terms of comfort.
But do you know if insulation works better in the summer or winter? Let’s go “back to school” and test your home efficiency knowledge.
It’s a trick question, of course.
There’s no “better” season for insulation. Insulation works to drive your comfort whether it’s winter or summer.
Nothing beats the carefree summer season. There’s a spring in your step as you bounce from the office to take a walk down the street, chatting with coworkers at the corner coffee shop’s outdoor seating. You get home and want to change out of your office clothing, which consists of a sweater and socks so you don’t go crazy from the outrageously cold office air conditioning setting.
Upon returning home, however, it’s so hot that you start doing a crazy dance, hopping through the hallway while removing shoes, socks and shirt to reach the bedroom; you just can’t get those clothes off quickly enough. It’s hot because of the thin, worn, under-code insulation in your walls.
Being holed up inside your home can cause the winter blues, trapped by the frigid cold and bitter winds. But without enough insulation in your walls, your cozy winter retreat feels more like the Windy City, with drafty breezes commanding your immediate attention. In fact, if your home’s exterior shell doesn’t have its “glove” on, the inside of the home could feel just as uncomfortable as the outside. At the very least, you’ll have to don multiple layers of clothing and maybe throw on a scarf and hat just to keep warm inside.
Insulation is a solid investment that reaps a return in all seasons. Whenever you’re running the air conditioner or furnace, you need insulation to back it up.
Ready for another question?
Let’s test your knowledge again. Here’s the question: What’s the best insulation to use?
For many homeowners, injection foam insulation beats all other products for its longevity, durability, efficiency, soundproofing, easy installation, eco-friendliness, and fire and smoke rating. It’s a great option for existing homes that need an insulation boost, too. Whether your home has wood, brick, stucco or vinyl siding, injection foam insulation is easy to install without causing significant damage to walls.
The material is injected into the walls through small holes. As the liquid-like insulation enters the interior of the wall, it spreads out and works its way into the furthest crevices and the hardest-to-reach spaces. There, it hardens, creating an air barrier as well as a heat barrier.
When the installer is done, it’s easy to patch the small holes made to inject the foam, leaving the homeowner with a seamless exterior finish, no damage to interior walls and a project that gets the job done. No more hassling with clothing changes in summer or wearing extra clothing in winter.
Now that you know the answers to two tough home efficiency questions, what other home efficiency questions do you need answered? Share your question in the comments!