How well does your home stand up during extreme weather outside? Is it heat proof in summer and cold proof in winter? If it isn’t, maybe you should insulate it better!
A building that has poor or even no form of insulation can be a leaky one indeed when the weather turns itself from calm and temperate to freezing cold and windy or searing hot and/or humid.
It’s no fun trying to regulate the interior temperature when outside, thing are going a little crazy. Not only will the heating and air conditioning systems be heavily burdened to keep things on an even keel inside, it is going to cost you a lot more in energy usage to keep that valiant machine powered up!
How to Insulate Most Effectively
The best kind of insulation starts with plugging any obvious holes in the building’s outer shell. Namely the walls, roof and the frames of any openings such as windows and doors. Holes let in air from outside and also let out air from inside.
So if you’re trying to get warm during cold weather, all your expensive heat will just escape through any large cracks and gaping holes and your heating system will be working overtime to make up the loss. Same goes in summer, when it’s really hot out there and your air conditioning system is running full tilt just to keep the internal temperature to a barely habitable level!
The first job is to walk around the place and plug those holes and cracks when you find them.
Of course, this is unlikely to be a problem in new buildings that are probably ready-insulated and weather tight anyway. But for older buildings, cement and moldings may have shifted or woodwork rotted over the years and those holes will have appeared.
The next job is on the roof, to make sure there are no gaps in the shingles or roof tiles. When you’re satisfied the roof is tight, it’s time to up in the attic. If there is no insulation up there, you’ll need to get some installed. It pays for itself in the long term in lower electricity bills.
Good Reasons to Install Radiant Barrier Insulation
There are several houses in our street and you can usually tell which ones have some kind of insulation fitted in their attics in winter when it snows. The houses with snow on their roofs are the ones with insulation and the houses with clear roofs are the ones without.
This is a pretty good advertisement for its benefits, because having radiant barrier insulation installed in your attic will prevent all that heat loss through your attic in winter. OK, that means you will have to get up on your roof and clear the snow yourself, but it is a darn sight cheaper than spending all that extra in power bills to have your home’s heating system melt it for you, which in effect is what is happening.
All that heat that you are paying for is escaping through your roof and without insulation it is literally money going up in smoke! But it is not just in winter that you save money with attic insulation.
In summer when it gets real hot outside and you are running your air conditioning, it runs more efficiently when it doesn’t have to deal with the heat that is sneaking in through your attic by convection, which an insulated attic would keep out. That means you get to stay cool indoors for less energy usage and lower electricity bills!