For many homeowners, it’s common knowledge that insulation helps reduce energy bills. Because everyone says that this is true, no one ever questioned how it happens. Once insulation has been installed and they see how their energy bill has already started to significantly reduce, it’s simply a waste of time to question it. Or is it really? If you’re planning to get insulation for your home, you might as well know how it works.
There are many types of insulation for homes. The most common ones include spray foam insulation, blown-in insulation, injected foam, fiberglass insulation, radiant barriers, and some more. Depending on the advice of your insulation contractor and your home’s built, you can choose one or a few of these insulation types. Of course, not all of them offer the same insulating results. But all of them can help significantly reduce your energy costs at home.
Some studies show that proper insulation can decrease your energy costs by 20 to 30%. How exactly does insulation do this? The process is different depending on the insulation type.
For instance, spray foam insulation locks and seals in an entire area of your home. It keeps outside temperature out and inside temperature in. During a hot summer day and you turn your air-conditioning system on, it will consume more energy when it’s very warm inside your home. After a few moments, it will work a little less hard in cooling down your home when the temperature has already started to go down. With proper insulation, this process becomes quicker. The heat outside is blocked off by the insulation and prevents it from coming in. It becomes easier for your air-conditioner to keep the temperature level indoors.
In the case of radiant barriers, these do not have the ability to seal off your home. Instead, it reflects the heat of the sun and so it bounces back outside instead of entering into your home. Just the same, this is an effective way of making your air-conditioning system have an easier time keeping your home cool.
Many times, insulations do not work just as expected. This could be because of improper installation. It is very important to call on a licensed and trusted insulation contractor to make sure your insulation at home will be properly installed. All Florida Insulation can help. We are available in Orlando, Maitland, Longwood, Winter Park, Deltona, and nearby communities. For a free estimate, you may call us at 407-410-FOAM (3626).
Chris has been an insulation professional for more than two decades, and has experience with all types of residential and commercial insulation products. His passion is green energy and effective insulation applications.