There are things that you can do to increase both the energy efficiency and the coziness of your home for the winter.
There are often two objectives when it comes to heating a home for the winter: the first is to set the thermostat at a comfortable temperature, and the second is to keep costs low. However, when the frigid air moves in, achieving both of those can start to seem impossible. There are things that you can do to increase both the energy efficiency and the coziness of your home for the winter.
Insulation is typically thought of as a way to shore up cracks in your home where the cold air can make its way in, and keep the warm air that you are paying dearly for from escaping. However, there are many other ways that insulation can work to increase the heating efficiency of your home.
Why Insulation Is Important
There are many reasons to insulate your home. Among the most important is to help your HVAC system work without putting extreme wear and tear on it. Insulation helps your furnace or heat pump work less to get the same results. The better insulated your home is, the less your HVAC system has to work to circulate warm air from top to bottom.
Where Are the Most Critical Places to Insulate?
Although most people typically only think about insulating the attic to trap air inside the house, there are many places throughout your house where insulation will help, not just with your heating costs this winter, but also with your cooling in the spring and summer. Insulation helps keep your home at a nice temperature all year long. To make your home more energy-efficient consider insulating the following:
What Are the Major Types of Insulation?
There are several different types of insulation available for your home. Each has both disadvantages and advantages to its usage:
Fiberglass insulation is the most common type, and it comes in loose-fill or batt form. Batt provides a better blanket and comes with a moisture barrier. Since it is water- and fire-resistant, it is often the preferred choice for St. Louis HVAC contractors.
Mineral wool insulation is a type of fiberglass that is more expensive than regular fiberglass and more difficult to find. It has the advantages of fiberglass, but it tends to settle over time; it also doesn’t stand up well to water, which makes it less effective.
Cellulose insulation is recycled paper. It comes as a loose-filled product and can resist both pests and moisture.
Spray foam is a green polyurethane product made from two chemicals that is sprayed in a home. Most sprays are considered a do-it-yourself project.
To make your home more energy-efficient, give Hely Heating & Air Conditioning a call to see how the addition of insulation can help your HVAC work more effectively by decreasing your energy costs and increasing your home’s comfort.