Energy Efficiency: Keep Your Dartmouth Home Cool in Summer!

cool-in-summerYou might not think that spring is the time to start thinking about keeping your home cool in the summer months, but it’s the perfect time to do all you can to reduce energy consumption and improve HVAC efficiency. While it is important to get an inspection of your HVAC equipment to make sure that it is properly serviced and in good working order, it is also just as important to inspect your residential insulation installation to make sure that your home is properly insulated to maintain good thermal control.

Heat Rises, But That’s Not Why Its Hot
It is a common myth that the second floor of a home is warmer than the ground floor because it is hot outside and “heat rises” up to the second story. This is absolutely not true. Dark colored roofing will attract and absorb heat and light, which is why most people wear white or lighter colors in the summertime to reflect the heat. Even on a mild, 60-degree day, the surface of your roof will attract the heat from the sun and radiate that heat right into your home. The temperature of your roof in the summertime will be more than 100 degrees on an average day. It’s like blanketing your home in an electric blanket right in the summer.

Sometimes it’s not just the color of the roof that absorbs and lets in the heat. In some cases, the architectural style of the home makes it possible for heat to get indoors. Some popular home designs found in the northeastern states, such as Cape Cods, which feature a roofline that runs right over top of the living space and very little in the way of cross-breeze options for the second floor, are just not good for a hot summer. However, just because you have a hot dark roof or chose to purchase a home that wasn’t designed well for ventilation, doesn’t mean that all hope is lost.

2 Ways to Cool Your Home
For homeowners in the northeastern states, there are two ways to cool your home in the summer. The first is to get air-conditioning if you don’t have it already. The second is to look into upgrading your attic insulation in Dartmouth to prevent the heat from coming inside your home and warming up your second floor. Your best bet is to use a combination of both methods, which will help to cool your home and condition the air, while working to improve HVAC efficiency through professional residential insulation installation.

Insulating the roofline with a foam insulation is often a great solution for Cape Cod style homes or homes that have a lot of air leaks in the attic. Attic insulation in Dartmouth can also consist of fiberglass rolls or blown-in cellulose insulation, to help improve the R-value and increase thermal control. All of these efforts will improve HVAC efficiency, allowing your air-conditioning to cycle less often, reduce energy consumption and make your home much more cool and comfortable in the summer months.

Year-Round Benefits – When you take the time to do a residential insulation installation of attic insulation in Dartmouth or anywhere else in the northeastern region, you also get the benefit of working to improve HVAC efficiency and reduce energy consumption in the winter months too. This will help to cut your winter energy bill and reduce the amount of home heating oil, propane gas, natural gas or electricity you will need to use to thermally manage your home.

Different Types of Insulation
When it comes to choosing the types of materials that you will use for your residential insulation installation project, it is important to work with a professional service provider who can help you choose the best materials for your needs. Choose from products that will help you improve HVAC efficiency and reduce energy consumption overall, while using new technology and techniques for your attic insulation in Dartmouth. Gone are the days when just one or two options were available for homeowners to choose from, today there are different ways that can help you achieve your R-value goals, while staying within your budget.

Whether you prefer to work with a combination of products or want to invest in something totally new, Richie’s Insulation can help. From blown-in cellulose materials to spray-foam insulation, fiberglass roll insulation with an eye on eco-friendly materials and applications – the choice is up to you. To find out more about how all of these residential insulation materials work and how they can be used to improve HVAC efficiency and keep your home cool this summer, contact Richie’s Insulation. We serve clients throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, offering free estimates to homeowners who want to upgrade or do a remodel of their home.