The importance of attic insulation
The first question you may be asking after seeing the title of this article is “why are you talking about attic insulation in the summer?” Well, attic insulation is not just a critical part of keeping your home warm and toasty in the winter, it’s also incredibly important when it comes to keeping your house cool and comfortable during the summer.
During air conditioning season, when the attic temperature is cool, warm air from the outside enters the attic and displaces the cool air. This makes your HVAC system work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature — especially in upstairs rooms.
When your air conditioning system is working harder than normal to maintain a desired temperature, you are not only spending extra money to reach that temperature, but you’re also putting a strain on your system that could lead to damage.
Insulating your attic against warm air entering your home and increasing its temperature will help your air conditioning system run more efficiently, save you money and help you avoid expensive maintenance problems.
Another great benefit of proper attic insulation is increased indoor air quality. Outdoor pollutants such as dust, mold and other allergens, can enter your home through air leaks caused by insufficient or non-existent insulation. Over time, the accumulation of these airborne irritants can negatively affect your indoor air quality.
Most of us in the northeastern region of the United States already have attic insulation, but it’s still a good idea to make sure that it is sufficient enough to deal with the summer and winter months.
If you have any questions about your attic insulation, or the efficiency of your air conditioning system, call a qualified HVAC contractor to do a complete assessment of your home.
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