With temperatures steadily dropping, it’s important to know how having, or not having, insulation affects the temperature inside your home. Insulation can single-handedly be the most important factor when it comes to keeping your thermal environment under control. While your HVAC system is responsible for pumping warm air into the house, it’s the insulation’s job to retain that air temperature. When prepping your home for winter, it can be beneficial to start mapping the energy loss in your home.
If you don’t already know, it’s important to understand how HVAC systems work and how energy losses occur daily. By walking through your home, you can spot areas that are allowing indoor air to escape and outdoor air to come inside. Conduction, radiation, and convection are the three processes that allow heat transfer from outdoors, to your home, then to your body. It’s commonly known that heat rises. Once the warmth is carried upward by the air absorbing it, cooler air moves in to take its place and, in turn, takes more of your body heat. To stop this process from happening so frequently, we turn to insulation as a solution.
Knowing where you need to insulate is the first step. Parts of your home that clearly allow air to escape, such as the attic, walls, floors, crawl space, and basement, are the best place to install insulation. If you cover your bases there, you should be set to endure the winter in a comfortable living space while saving money and energy!