Insulation serves as resistance to heat flow from a warm space to a cooler one. The more heat flow resistance provided by your insulation, the lower your heating and cooling costs, and the more consistent the temperature within your home.
During the winter months, heat flows directly from all heating living spaces to adjacent unheated attics, garages, basements, and even outside. That's why you may feel most comfortable in sweats and socks when sleeping! Heat flow can also move indirectly through interior ceilings, walls and floors – just about anywhere there is a difference in temperature. That's why it's never a good idea to close off registrants in a seldom-used room, because the heat will always flow there anyway. During the summer months, things go in reverse with heat flowing from the sunny outdoors to the cool interior of your home.
To remain comfortable, you adjust your thermostat to replace what gets lost during the winter or gained in the summer. Good attic insulation with strong R-values can decrease the flow of heat by providing sufficient resistance to the laws of physics. Poking around in your dusty, dark attic is probably not your idea of fun.
But with a little planning and a few hours of work (plus a little cash) you can stave off the thermal flow with attic insulation and experience a more consistent and comfortable temperature inside your home. Because your HVAC has to work less to do its job, it uses less energy which saves you money. Plus you'll save in terms of the overall life of your HVAC unit because of a reduction in work hours. It's simple: save money, protect your major systems, and do a little good for the environment. Get in touch with a qualified professional today and request a home energy audit to help identify all the ways you can benefit through air sealing and attic insulation .