Insulation is a miracle for passive energy-efficiency in your home. It keeps heat from entering your home in the summer and traps heat inside during the winter. A poorly insulated home means higher energy bills throughout the year and a heating and cooling system that’s straining to keep up with changes in internal temperature. Unfortunately, many homes in California are poorly insulated, either because the home was never insulated properly to begin with or because age and wear have reduced the effectiveness of the insulation.
Insulation works by creating pockets of air that are difficult for heat to transfer through. Since heat travels faster via conductance, solid objects (walls windows, and you roof) conduct heat faster. Insulation layers add air pockets within a fibrous material or through spray insulation. Over time, all of that insulation can settle and become impacted, reducing the number of pockets and reducing the effectiveness of your insulation.
How to Identify Ineffective Insulation
The first thing is to see how quickly your air conditioner turns on during the summer. Does your AC unit have to run constantly despite closed curtains keeping out the heat? Your insulation may be doing an ineffective job at preventing heat from entering the home.
Step into your attic and take a look at the insulation there. What you want to see is spray insulation or insulated batts that are even with the ceiling beams lining the floor. If you have more than an inch of difference between the insulation layer and the top of those beams it’s time to add or replace your existing insulation. Fortunately, we provide plenty of options for replacing insulation.
Contact Service Champions Heating & Air Conditioning today and schedule a home inspection if you have any questions about the cooling efficiency of your home!