Preparing for Summer: Is Your Home Ready to Beat the Heat?

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Summer is just around the corner. Are you ready for the hotter-than-usual weather that’s coming our way in the northland? Did you know that insulation isn’t just for keeping cold air out during the winter but also for keeping cool air in throughout the summer? It’s not just about having a good A/C unit and knowing when to close your blinds to block out the sun!

There are a variety of benefits to having good insulation in the summertime.

Benefits of insulation in the summer

While it may seem obvious why your home needs good insulation, there are probably some hidden benefits that you haven’t considered! Some of them include:

1. Maintain the comfort level of your home

When your home isn’t properly insulated or the quality of your insulation has deteriorated over the years, then you’ll have a house that can’t keep the cool air in, the hot air out, or the temperature regulated throughout. Some spots will be drafty, some rooms will be a completely different temperature, cold air won’t stay, etc. By having new insulation, the right insulation, and properly installed insulation, you’ll be able to avoid all of these problems and more.

2. Extend the life of your A/C unit

If cold air inside is immediately be replaced by hot air from the outside, then your air conditioner will be running pretty much all of the time. This will be hard on your unit. When bad insulation is no longer a problem, your home will be able to maintain its cool temperature easier and longer, meaning your A/C won’t have to work as much. As air conditioners aren’t typically a cheap investment, it’s good to take care of the one you have.

3. Save money on your utility bills

Similarly, a house that can’t maintain cool indoor temperatures and has an A/C unit that’s running constantly will be a house with a higher energy bill. We probably don’t have to tell you that air conditioners require energy and that energy is coming from the utility company, who you have to pay for the energy you use. Running the A/C unit less means increased longevity AND a lower power bill.

4. Increase the value of your home

While this will benefit your home any time of the year, if you’re planning on selling your house in the coming months, getting the insulation replaced is a great selling point. Especially if you have an older home and the buyers will need to replace the insulation themselves, saving them the trouble means more money for your efforts and a quicker turn-around time.

Signs you need to replace your insulation

It may be obvious to you that your home needs new insulation. However, if it isn’t, here are some questions you can ask yourself to be sure:

  • Are your energy bills higher than they should be?
  • Do you experience cold walls in the wintertime?
  • Do you notice a lot of drafty spots?
  • Are there rooms that are a completely different temperature than the rest of your house?
  • Have you experienced problems with freezing pipes?
  • Has it been more than twenty years since insulation was last installed?

To be really sure, you can schedule an inspection with one of our experts here at Northstar Insulating. Contact us today to get started!