Why Good Insulation Is Important to Maintain Your Cooling

When most people hear the word “insulation,” they tend to think of the cold and winter months, not the hot, humid summer months. This is usually because insulation is associated with retaining heat, but this is actually a misnomer. What insulation really does is slow the transfer of heat, which is why it’s so important for year-round comfort that you have good insulation from the top to the bottom of your home. Need a little more explanation? Let’s start with heat movement.

Heat Movement

Heat moves in three ways: convection, conduction and radiation. Insulation significantly slows the transfer of heat no matter how it moves. During the summer months, your home is bombarded with radiant heat from the sun, and convection and conduction heat from the thermal temperature outside. Without the right amount of insulation in your home, the heat will try to invade your home in all three ways. Why? Because one of the natural laws of thermodynamics is that heat will always seek out cooler air. How does this impact your AC? Here are some ways:

  • Your air conditioner will have to work a lot harder – without proper insulation levels throughout your home, your air conditioner won’t just be battling the temperature inside your home, it will also be fighting off the penetrating heat. This means your AC will work a lot harder and use a lot more energy while doing so.
  • Your AC will experience excess wear and tear – all the extra work that your AC will have to do simply to maintain your cooling can result in excessive wear and tear.
  • Your air conditioner may age prematurely – if your air conditioner has to work twice as hard season after season to compensate for the lack of good insulation in your home, it will likely age prematurely.

The insulation specialists at Comfort Central, Inc., can assess the current levels of your home’s insulation or help install insulation into a brand new home. Call us today and schedule an appointment for your property in Asheville, NC.

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