Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 by Valyn Daconto
This heat wave has had many New York homeowners wanting to be inside in the conditioned air. It is so hot outside that it’s not even enjoyable to be out in the sun. Imagine how hot your home would be if you didn’t have air conditioning! In addition to having air conditioning, it’s important that your home is properly air sealed and has the appropriate amount of insulation to keep your home comfortable no matter what the outside temperature is.
Air Sealing in Your Home
Air sealing is something that not only keeps your home warm in the winter, but also cool during the hot summer months. From windows and doors to gaps, cracks, and holes around your house, air leaks into your home any way it can. These air leaks greatly compromise your home’s envelope and allow conditioned air to leak out and hot, unconditioned air to leak in.
When there’s a major heat wave, hot air tries to make its way into your home. Your first line of defense is proper air sealing. Improved air tightness will increase your home’s overall energy efficiency and save you money on monthly utility bills as well. After air sealing, your home’s insulation is the next thing that should be improved to slow the transfer of heat.
Insulating your home will keep you cool on the hottest days of summer. Insulation should be installed in your attic, basement, walls, and garage; and anywhere else in the home where air leaks might occur! Home insulation slows the flow of heat from the outside to the interior of your home and vice-versa.
How do you know if you have the right amount of insulation? Well, it’s safe to say that the more R-value the better. The R-value of insulation is its resistance to heat flow so the higher the R-value, the better it will work to block heat from entering your home, and conditioned air from leaking out. There are many types of home insulation that work better than others for specific installations. Your local home insulation contractor has the knowledge and experience to recommend the appropriate type and amount of insulation to keep your home cool no matter how high the temperature is outside.
Your Local Air Sealing and Insulation Contractor
Don’t wait for another heat wave to make energy saving changes in your home. Contact your local New York Dr. Energy Saver dealer, Global Dwelling, for an insulation estimate today. They are trained to install the most up-to-date materials on the market to ensure that your home is sealed and insulated correctly for years to come! Spray foam insulation, cellulose insulation, and rigid foam are just a few insulation materials that they offer. A cool and comfortable home is just a phone call away with the help of Global Dwelling!
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