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Adding Insulation Makes Cooling Your Home Easier - Worcester

Joseph Coupal - Friday, June 21, 2013

We all know the summer months can be tough when you are struggling to keep the house cool. In order to keep your home comfortable in the summer, you need to keep the hot air out and the cool air in. The key to cooling efficiency is to make sure your home is sealed. Typically in homes, there is about 30% air leakage in the house through the duct system and the roof.  This means hot air from the attic and from outdoors is leaking into the living spaces through electric plug sockets, recessed light fixtures, and the like. It also means that cool air is leaking out of your home through the attic and roof. Heating and cooling can use up to 40% of household energy use. Energy prices are set to hit ever-higher levels, so the more efficient your home is, the more attractive it looks and the easier it is to pay the bills in the summer (and winter).

Being aware of your carbon footprint is important too. To keep your house cool in an eco-friendly way follow these steps:

  • Add insulation. Dense insulation, such as foam or blown cellulose, helps keep your home safe from the harsh summer heat. Insulation keeps cool winter in your home and it keeps the hot air out of your home.  Attic insulation protects air from leaking into and out of air ducts as well.
  • Seal any air leaks around electrical sockets, doors, and windows.
  • Increase ventilation by keeping hot air out, and cool air in. On hot days, keep your doors, windows, and shades closed until it’s cooler outside.
  • Having a fan won’t cool the room, but it will circulate air, but only use fans when you are in the room.
  • Provide your house with shade.
  • Install reflective film, sunscreen-fabric curtains, or roller shades for your windows

For more information on better or new home insulation, contact Custom Insulation.

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The Right Insulation Saves Money All Year Long

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 17, 2013

With a tight economy, many homeowners are looking for ways to cut costs. Heating and cooling costs can be the biggest expenditures in our homes by far. With summer approaching it is still time to think about upgrading the insulation in your home. Adding insulation, along with sealing air leaks, is one of the most cost-effective energy-saving home improvements you can make to an existing home. In fact, just doing this can cut heating and cooling costs by at least 15%, often more.

According to the department of commerce, there is a  basic rule of insulating that is the same for each and every home: "install insulation on any surface separating a heated space from an unheated space—attics, walls, basement walls, floors and crawl spaces".
 
Even if your home already has insulation in these areas, it can be very beneficial in saving on energy costs to add more insulation, especially adding attic insulation. Sealing air leaks around vents, chimneys, wires, and light fixtures should also be done when you add the additional insulation for the best results.

If you think that you are spending too much on energy costs, an energy assessment of your home can be done which should include an insulation inspection which will tell you how much insulation you have and how much more you need. The amount of insulation, which is measured in R-values, and the type of insulation that is best for your home, will vary for every home. The amount you need also depends on:

  • how much insulation your home currently has
  • the accessibility and space available for the insulation
  • the location of the home

The colder weather zones like Boston and Worcester call for higher R-values. For more information on adding insulation to your existing home, contact Custom Insulation.




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