Maybe when you think of a well-insulated home, you might imagine someone far away keeping cozy in their home under piles of snow. Their toasty little fire keeps them warm because their home is heavily insulated. But good insulation matters in all different climates, and it can save you money all year long, including in some ways you probably haven’t thought of.
In our climate, we spend more time and money keeping our homes air conditioned rather than heated. And this situation is the exact opposite of the person with a toasty home in a pile of snow. We need to keep our homes cool enough to be comfortable even when temperatures are in the 90s outdoors in July and August.
If the air that your AC system cools is leaking out through uninsulated walls, your air conditioner will have to run much more of the time. This means using more electricity, which in turn means spending more each month on your electric bill. But if that cool air stays in, your air conditioner won’t run as much, and your energy use and utility bills will go down.
During the time of year when we do require heating in Louisiana, the insulation will help keep the heated air in, just as it keeps the cool air in during the summer. But there’s another major benefit. In our climate, where temperatures rarely hit freezing, it’s possible to use a heat pump all year round.
This system provides heat at a fraction of the energy cost of a furnace because instead of generating heat, it merely moves heat from one place to another. But during the coldest nights of winter, a heat pump might not be enough if your home is poorly insulated. Good insulation could mean being able to take advantage of this amazing energy savings.
Here’s another way that good insulation can save you money. Remember that, without good insulation, your air conditioner and heating system will have to run more of the time just to keep your home at the same temperature. All that extra use has a significant impact on your AC and your heater, and it’s not good.
Wear and tear and system strain from working harder and running more of the time add up. This contributes to the need for more frequent repairs on these systems and more inconvenient breakdowns. It will even mean that these systems don’t last as long, and will have to be replaced much sooner. Good insulation can keep your AC and heater running more smoothly with fewer problems for longer.
Remember, the only way to get the full benefit from insulation is to have it done professionally. Our team of highly trained experts in insulation services in Slidell, LA can provide outstanding results that will save you money all year round for many years to come.