Lakeway, TX residents don’t think about home insulation. Our winters are fairly mild as winters go, and while we get our share of chilly nights, that doesn’t necessarily require the level of insulation you’d need in, say, Maine. But what most people don’t understand is that insulation could be just as important in the summer as it is in the winter. And as mild as our winters are, summers can be absolutely unbearable. Additional insulation in your home can cut down on your cooling bills and help your air conditioner function more effectively. Here’s how.
Slowing the Release of Heat
Whether it’s fiberglass, cellulose, or even something as crude as newspapers stuffed into your crawlspace, insulation is used to slow the movement of heat out of your home. The material slows the passage of conductive heat, which is the kind of heat that moves through solid objects. A well-insulated home will slow the rush of heat through the walls and out of the attic, easing the strain on the heating system and lowering your bills accordingly.
Wait, That Works for Air Conditioners Too?
What most people fail to understand is that that process isn’t one way. Just as insulation can keep warm air in your home, so too can it keep hot air outside your home from getting in. As a result, a well-insulated home provides the same benefits to an air conditioner as it does to a heater, helping it keep your house cool and lowering the stress and strain on your system. When applied over time, it can extend the life of your air conditioner as well as improving its efficiency, and considering the length and sometimes brutal heat of our Texas summers, that can mean a great deal.