At first passing, most homeowners feel their homes are well-insulated. This is because when we think about insulation, we usually refer to the rooms in which we do our living. If your home has an unfinished basement, attic, or both, you may actually find that these spaces are not well-insulated, and this lack of insulation in these areas could be costing you a lot in terms of comfort and energy efficiency. The home energy specialists at Boehmer Heating & Cooling have seen this many times, and can help determine if you do need additional and/or better insulation in these spaces of your home.
Why Proper Insulation Is Important
Most people believe insulation keeps them warm. It does – during the winter months – but it provides more than that. The job of insulation is to create a barrier that significantly slows the transfer of heat, which is important all year long. Why? One of the basic laws of thermodynamics is that heat will always seek out cool air. In order to stop this from happening, you need a barrier, and that barrier is your insulation. During the winter months, the insulation stops heat from your indoors traveling to the cold places in your home and outside. In the summer months, insulation stops heat from penetrating the cool indoors of your home.
It Also Blocks Moisture
Many types of insulation are installed with plastic sheeting or they already have a foil barrier on one side of the material. This is to stop moisture from penetrating the insulation and your home. Excessive moisture can be very deleterious to your home, you and your belongings, and good insulation will stave off excess moisture.
If you suspect your home in Bethel Park, PA may be short on insulation, give our home energy experts a call!