The US Department of Energy (DOE) states that approximately half of the energy used in American homes goes towards heating or cooling the home. That being said, it’s only natural that you want to make sure that your air conditioner is working as effectively and efficiently as possible, to help you save money on these energy costs. According to one DOE report, one way to reduce your cooling bills significantly is by increasing the amount of insulation installed in your home.
Why Does This Matter?
Most people understand that during winter, their insulation prevents cold from coming into their home through their ceilings and walls. Well, this works the same way during the hot summer, except that instead of keeping the cold air out, it keeps the cold air inside the house, blocking it from moving toward the warmer area outside.
How Much Insulation Do I Need?
This will depend, as there are a variety of different types of insulation, referenced below. In general though, you want to make sure this insulation is located in 5 main areas: your attic, in the walls, in the floors, your basement, and your crawlspace. Ensuring that you have insulated all these areas is one of the best ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency. Your garage is another area where insulation could be added to reduce energy loss.
Types of Insulation
Rolls and Batts: These are flexible products made from mineral fibers like fiberglass and rock wool. They can be easily installed in new construction as they can simply be laid over the top of ceiling joists in an attic, and laid out elsewhere too.
Loose-Fill: This is also made of fiberglass or rock wool, or sometimes cellulose. This is a blown-in type of insulation for tight spaces such as attics with wires, ducts, and pipes.
Foam Boards: These can be cut to fit in between new construction wall studs, or glued directly onto foundation walls.
If you suspect you do not have enough insulation or have other questions about how to improve your cooling system’s efficiency, call Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning today for air conditioning services in Palm Springs, CA.