Though our spring and summer have been off to a mild start temperature-wise, the temperatures are rising in North Carolina right now. For many people, this means paying much higher energy bills during the summer months. While we have many tips about air conditioning units on our blog, you might be wondering if there are any other ways to decrease your energy use during the summer. We know well that AC units can be costly if they aren’t maintained right. So what else can you do to keep cool?
If you’re looking for ways to decrease the use of your air conditioning units, think about your insulation! When you think of insulation, do you think of batting, spray foam, or blown insulation? If this is the case, you’re probably thinking of insulation’s primary purpose as keeping your home warm during the winter. But have you also considered how insulation can keep you cool? Insulation offers many cooling properties, which is why it is important to make sure that your home is insulated for the hot summer months too.
Since we get a lot of humidity on top of the heat in North Carolina, it is of the utmost importance that your insulation is up to date and effective. To save energy, money, and the strain on your climate control system inside your home, you should make sure that your wall, floors, and ceilings are properly insulated. Some estimates suggest that insulation can last up to 80 or 100 years before it deteriorates, but this may not always be the case.
Consider how much money you will be saving when your home is properly insulated. And it’s not only a money or energy thing, but also a comfort thing. In older homes, it’s harder to get comfortable in your hot home, and this is likely a combination of your inefficient insulation and your overworked AC unit.
One of the easiest ways to save energy is to have an efficient HVAC system. At Barber Heating & Air, we are dedicated to maintaining and installing the perfect system for your home. If you’re interested in how we can meet the energy needs for your Burlington, NC home, request a quote or call us at (336) 226-6959.