Regardless whether its summer or winter, a properly insulated home will help you maintain a desired temperature on your thermostat. Insulation can be added in the walls, floors and ceiling to help manage the heat flow in and out of your home. There are several insulating materials on the market with special rating to gauge their performance. For example, spray foam insulation is gaining popularity over the traditional fiberglass batting, but it its pricey. Properly insulating your home can save up to 50% off your energy bill. To achieve proper indoor air quality in a tightly sealed home you can install exhaust ventilation and talk to your contractor about other forms of added ventilation that might work best for you.
Now, the better your home is sealed the more important it is to have an appropriately sized air conditioning system. The moisture created in your house through things like showers and cooking has to go somewhere and the better sealed is your home the less likely it is to escape. Excessive humidity will make your home feel warmer and creates a perfect environment for growth of unwanted microorganisms. I frequently address this topic in my articles and cannot stress enough how important it is to have a system properly selected and installed so that it can remove moisture from your home.
As always, thanks for reading,
Bryan Hayes, along with his brother Todd, is a co-owner of a Sanibel Air Conditioning company on Sanibel, FL. They also own and operate an island-based electrical service company Sanctuary Island Electric, Inc. Bryan can be reached at Bryan@Sanibelair.com