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The Hot Months Have Arrived! Is it Time to Insulate Your Home?

Posted on News September 29, 2010 by Terry Jones

The high today is 92 degrees and, according to Weather.com, it currently feels like 100 degrees outside. Tomorrow, the high is one degree greater. Residents in South Florida do not have to be told just how hot the summer can be and are generally very savvy when it comes to staying cool.

One way to keep cool this summer and reduce the strain on your air conditioner is to keep conditioned air inside of your home, and keep hot air from the outdoors from entering. Unfortunately, many homes across South Florida are not properly insulated, allowing for not only inefficient cooling, but greater energy consumption, which leads to higher energy bills.

Weather stripping around windows and doors is a great way to keep conditioned air from escaping and outdoor air from entering your home. What a lot of people do not realize is that while air transfer takes place at the windows and doors, a significant portion of air transfer takes place through the attic.

All Year Cooling utilizes Owens Corning blown-in fiberglass insulation for our customers. Our technicians are specially trained to properly prepare and install the insulation for your attic. Whereas many companies do not take the time to prepare your attic, we will make sure that your ductwork is not buried by the insulation and that your attic can breathe afterwards.

When insulation covers your ductwork, condensation may form on the outside of the ducts as the cool duct comes into contact with the warmth created by the insulation. This condensation may create an ideal environment for mold, which can become a major problem.  We will suspend your ductwork before installing your insulation to prevent it from being buried, and will ensure that the efficient airflow of your system is maintained.

Attic rafter vents are used so that your attic may breathe once insulation has been installed. These keep insulation off of your vents to ensure that air continues to flow effectively. While the intention of insulation is to keep conditioned air in and outdoor air out, proper ventilation is still important.

R-value refers to the thermal resistance or efficiency of the insulation. The higher the R-value, the greater the resistance. Insulation may be added or adjusted to reach specific R-values. In South Florida, Energy Star recommends R-values of R30 to R60. All Year Cooling uses R-value rulers to measure R-value during insulation to ensure the proper level is installed.

If you need assistance in determining if your home is properly insulated, just give us a call and we’ll help you determine if insulation will help reduce the burden on your air conditioner, maintain consistent cooling in your home and stave off high energy bills.

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