Is insulation important year-round?
Insulation is a thermally resistant barrier which inhibits the migration of thermal energy into and out of the house. The results are a cooler home in the summer, warmer home in the winter, and lower energy bills.
Summer: During the intense summer months in Arizona, the outside temperature can reach 115 degrees. This heats residential homes’ roof and walls, with attic temperatures rising to over 180 degrees. If not properly insulated, this hot air can enter your home and increase energy bills. When a home is poorly insulated, the heat enters the home at about the same rate as your air conditioning unit can cool it. With attic and wall insulation, this can reduce the amount of heat coming into your home to keep it cooler longer and your system running less frequently.
Winter: Like the summer months, insulation is very effective at retaining heat during the winter months. With proper insulation, the heat is kept within your home and your system doesn’t have to run as often. This results in lower energy bills and a warmer home.
What are R-Values?
R-Values reflect the ability of insulation to resist the flow of heat out of a home in the winter and into a home in the summer. The higher the R-Value, the greater the insulating power and the greater the potential energy savings. A higher R-Value also ensures a more comfortable environment by maintaining an optimal temperature range in the home year-round.
Can adding insulation lower my energy bills?
Insulation is so effective that its cost is often paid for through energy savings in less than a year! With the rising cost of natural gas and electricity, savings may come even sooner.