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August 2, 2016
The heat of summer is in full swing here in Davis, Dixon and Woodland, CA. Many homeowners are running their AC units at full blast, yet it still seems next to impossible to keep their homes cool. For those who find themselves in this boat, the problem may have less to do with the actual AC unit than with two of the most important factors of home performance—insulation and air sealing.
If you find yourself pushing your AC unit to the edge of its abilities and your home still isn’t cool, there’s a good chance that insulation and air sealing can make all the difference.
Insulation: Not Just for Winter
Most Californians know how effective insulation can be at keeping heat in during the winter months. What many homeowners don’t know, however, is just how important insulation is when the summer sun is beating down. If insulation is a sweater for your home during the winter months, consider it to be like a “koozie” that you might put around a cold drink when it’s hot outside. Just as the added foam barrier of the koozie will work to keep your drink cool, so too will insulation help to keep conditioned air from escaping your home.
The Importance of Air Sealing
To take the analogy of the sweater further, let’s say you walk outside with no jacket on. If it’s cold enough outside, it doesn’t matter how thick and warm your sweater is—its characteristic holes are enough to let cold air in without any pushback. Naturally, a jacket or windbreaker will keep this from happening, as these materials tend to be completely airtight.
This is where air sealing comes in. Most home envelopes are riddled with tiny cracks and gaps, which allow unwanted airflow to occur without issue. Air sealing is the process of closing up these cracks and gaps, effectively ensuring that airflow issues no longer occur and that heat exchange becomes a thing of the past.
Greiner: Your Insulation and Air Sealing Experts!
At Greiner Heating and Air, we pride ourselves on being the most knowledgeable team of HVAC specialists in the area. We can help to improve air sealing and insulation within your home to ensure that your AC doesn’t have to fight to keep your living spaces cool, and we’ll work with your budget to come up with a plan that hits upon your needs without breaking the bank.