Massachusetts Fact: Insulation Can Keep You Cooler in the Summer

summer-insulationRecord high temperatures this summer throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island have actually made some New Englanders long for a cold winter’s night. When the heat begins to feel unbearable, most people run for the air conditioning. However, if your home is not properly insulated, it can be difficult to maintain comfortable conditions indoors.

Most people think that insulation is just about keeping a home warm in the winter. But the truth is, insulation helps with temperature control, keeping cold air out in December and preventing hot air from getting inside in August. Proper residential insulation is important year-round and can help you save money on your energy bill by improving efficiency throughout your home.

How to Save Money

Residential insulation helps you to save money on your energy bill by maintaining proper temperature control and reducing the amount of energy required to heat or cool your home. You can find out just how efficient your home is and how effective your current insulation is working with a home energy inspection. Professional insulation installation companies can provide this service to you, showing through thermal readings where energy is being lost inside your home.

The money that you invest in getting a home energy inspection and improving your current residential insulation will be recouped in just a few months due to lower utility bills. A properly insulated home also means that your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard in the summer months, helping to improve the longevity of your equipment over time. It also benefits your heater in the winter months, reducing the amount of time it has to run in order to maintain a comfortable temperature.

How It Works

We all have a basic understanding of how residential insulation works. Insulation, which comes in many forms, such as loose fill, fiberglass rolls and spray on foam insulation materials, is use to create a barrier between the outside air and your home. In addition to insulation materials, many insulation installation professionals will also check for air leaks, caulking or sealing them when they are found, to prevent outdoor air from coming inside.

Spray foam insulation, such as Icynene spray insulation, works to create a vapor and air tight barrier, while providing an increased “R-value” or measured amount of resistance, to outdoor temperatures year-round. The higher the “R-value,” the more protected your home will be from the unyielding heat and humidity of summer and the freezing temperatures of winter.

Do You Need to Upgrade Your Residential Insulation?

Most homes in the United States that are ten years old or older will require an upgrade of their residential insulation to help maintain adequate temperature control. Getting a professional home energy inspection can help to quickly identify where the energy loss is occurring inside your home. Once it has been identified, the residential insulation installation expert can recommend ways to help you save money on your energy bill that fit within your budget.

In some cases, the insulation might not need to be replaced or upgraded. Sealing the air leaks to help maintain temperature might be all that is needed. It is important to choose a reputable, experienced insulation installation company to perform your home energy inspection. A good service provider and installer can help you to save money on your energy bill and make your home much more comfortable to live in year-round.

Who to Call for Residential Insulation Installation

Richie’s Insulation provides commercial and residential insulation installation in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Cape Cod. From improving temperature control in existing homes to insulating brand new commercial, residential and multifamily buildings, Richie’s Insulation has the experience, quality materials and know-how to help you save money on your energy bill and improve your home’s insulation.

If you are having trouble maintaining proper temperature control in your home during the summer months, chances are you will have trouble keeping your home warm in the winter months. Even if you aren’t ready to upgrade your residential insulation right now, it is in your best interest to get a home energy inspection and find out what you can do in the future to reduce the amount of energy required to efficiently control the temperature of your home.

To make sure that your home is properly insulated for the summer and winter months ahead, call Richie’s Insulation at 508-678-4474 and make an appointment for a consultation or to get a home energy inspection. Richie’s can help you to maximize your ability to manage energy consumption, maintain temperature control and save money on your energy bill.