The Effects of Insulation on Air Conditioning
Comfort is becoming a commodity – paying for heat and air conditioning through your utilities – subject to the whims of stock market traders. Today’s consumers – home, commercial, and industrial property owners – need to be vigilant and intelligent about the decisions or investments they make to their property, which has also been commodified recently, to take full advantage of the opportunity while protecting themselves from increasing commodity prices. What many consumers forget, or don’t know or understand in the first place, is the value that insulation brings to the equation – both in terms of comfort and long term energy savings.
When we think of the functionality and the comfort gain of our air conditioning unit, we put most of the emphasis on the physical unit, the air ducts and other mechanical pieces of our HVAC unit, but one of the assets of our homes that contributes more than we give credit for, is our insulation. When your insulation is lacking in filling or is old, the walls of your home are unable to maintain the temperature that you set at your thermostat.
The Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation (CMHC) compares a properly insulated house to dressing for the weather. Besides keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, insulation can help lower your energy bills, prevent mold growth, and keep unwanted noise out. Insulation helps keep outdoor air from getting inside your home and conditioned indoor air from escaping. Cold floors and walls in the winter and hot inside air in the summer, mold growth, high energy bills and uneven heating or ineffective cooling are all signs of a poorly insulated home, according to the CMHC.
For a majority of people, the insulation that is in the home they live in has been there since the house was either bought or built. It was in great condition when the house was purchased, but as with all things, it will eventually need to be replaced. Given that insulation reduces heat flow, adding insulation to save on cooling costs makes sense, since slowing heat movement and reducing the need for and cost of cooling is our goal. When insulation is introduced to an infrastructure, the insulation maintains the temperature within by sealing any closed holes and by holding the temperature.
At Reitzel Insulation, our insulation contractors know how important home insulation is to the comfort and health of you and your family. Insulation benefits include:
- Better temperature regulation – proper home insulation makes it easier for your furnace and air conditioning units to do their job;
- Increased comfort of living spaces – the temperature throughout your home will be more consistent with proper insulation;
- Reduced noise –creating a barrier between different rooms in your home as well as between your home and the outside world;
- Lower utility bills – since proper insulation allows your furnace and air conditioning units to work more efficiently, they will use less electricity which will save you money.
- Reduced carbon footprint – less strenuous work for your furnace and air conditioning units also means less emissions released into the air.
If your residential, recreational, commercial, or industrial property needs insulation, or if you have questions about what insulating material is right for your application, contact Reitzel Insulation at 519-886-6100 today for our professional insulation contractors in the KW Region.