Many homes in the Austin area are under-insulated, and there are a number of signs that may indicate your home needs an insulation upgrade. Perhaps you feel drafts on colder days, have rooms that are either too hot or too cold, your upstairs rooms get very hot in summer, or your energy bills are simply too high. If you’re seeing any of these problems inside your home, now is a good time to have a professional take a look at your home insulation.
What Does Insulation Do?
Insulation acts as a thermal barrier between the inside and outside of your home — and also between your living space and the parts of your home you don’t want to heat or cool, such as your attic or garage. It reduces heat flow to keep heat out in the summer and hold heat in during the winter, keeping you comfortable and allowing your heating and cooling systems to work more efficiently.
Without insulation, valuable heat will move outside in the winter, leaving your furnace constantly rushing to catch up. In summer, outside heat will enter your living area, making your air conditioning work nonstop in an effort to remove hot, humid air from your home. It’s easy to see why this situation would lead to astronomically high energy bills no matter how new your HVAC equipment is.
How Do I Know If or Where I Need Insulation?
When assessing the insulation in your home, it’s important to schedule an energy audit. An energy audit will tell you exactly where you need more or better insulation. The home auditors at Green Collar Operations use a blower door test to measure the amount of air that moves in or out of your home and thermal imaging to see exactly where your home lacks insulation in walls, ceilings, and floors.
As an expert assesses your home, they may discover that your home contains many air leaks in addition to gaps in insulation. When this is the case, air sealing can close up all the tiny gaps and cracks in your home that waste energy by allowing air to leak in and out. Air sealing works together with your insulation to keep your home comfortable and free from excess moisture.
Where Should I Begin?
At Green Collar Operations, we treat your home as if it was our own. We’re certified specialists in the field of energy efficiency and we’re committed to protecting the environment as well. We know that insulation only works when it’s the right type, in the right place, and expertly installed. We can provide the right insulation solutions for your home to ensure better energy efficiency for a more comfortable home and lower energy bills all year long.