Most homes in the Gastonia, NC area possess some manner of insulation. Winters are cold enough to merit insulation as a means of keeping warm. But not everyone realizes that insulation can play just as much of a role in keeping your house cool in the summer. If your home could have more insulation installed, now is a good time to consider it. You’d be surprised at the benefits if can provide once the summer begins in earnest.
HOW INSULATION WORKS
Insulation comes in many forms, though most of us are accustomed to fiberglass insulation, which is quite common. Insulating materials work to slow conductive heat flow (heat flow through materials) and convective heat flow (heat flow through liquids and gasses such as air). Convective heat flow is why you place insulation in your attic, since warm air rises.
It’s not hard to see how copious insulation can help your home in the winter. By slowing the flow of heat out of your home (both upward and outward), it allows your home to retain warm temperatures more readily. As a result, your heater doesn’t have to work as hard to keep your home warm in the winter. Your monthly bills go down, and the chances of a breakdown are reduced since the heater undergoes less stress and strain.
SUMMER AS WELL AS WINTER
What most people don’t realize is that heat can flow in both directions: into your home as well as out. A well-insulated home, therefore, will keep hot temperatures outside in the summer as readily as it keeps warm temperatures inside in the winter. As a result, your air conditioner benefits from insulation the same way your heater does.
Adding insulation in the spring can help cut down on cooling bills in the summer. Here in Gastonia, NC, count on the pros at FSM Heat & Air to provide quality insulation.