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December 11, 2019
Unlike other parts of California, the climate in Davis, Dixon, and Vacaville changes throughout the year. In the summer, temperatures often hover in the 100s. In the winter, they can drop to the low 40s or below! If you’re looking to stay comfortable while outside throughout the year in the greater Sacramento area, you’ll need to have seasonal clothes that you can change as the weather does.
But a home doesn’t work the same way as your clothes do! More than any other home energy upgrade, staying comfortable in your California home all year round actually just requires one “outfit”: proper attic insulation and air sealing, which will keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
What Home Improvement Will Make the Biggest Difference in My Comfort?
When homeowners in Davis, Dixon, and Vacaville are looking to improve their indoor comfort, one of the places they often look to first is their windows. The only thing separating your indoor living spaces from the outdoor elements is that transparent glass, so wouldn’t it make the most sense that your home’s energy loss would be concentrated around old leaky windows?
But actually, if you had to choose between replacing your windows and upgrading your home’s attic insulation and air sealing, you’d be wise to choose the latter. Compared to windows, the insulated areas of your home cover far more square footage, and the Department of Energy estimates you can save as much as 15% on your annual heating and cooling costs when you make upgrades like spray foam or cellulose attic insulation.
Combine Insulation with Air Sealing for Maximum Benefit
If you suspect that your home could benefit from an upgrade to more efficient attic insulation, you’ll also want to make sure that you address air leaks and gaps allowing outdoor air infiltration into your home. What is home air sealing? Air sealing involves using spray foam insulation to seal the tiny areas in your home where air is making its way inside. Without air sealing, your insulation’s performance is dramatically reduced.
Combined, insulation and air sealing your home can benefit you in the following ways:
Reduced energy bills
Improved home comfort
Healthier indoor air quality
Schedule an Energy Audit and Find Out Where New Insulation Will Help Your Home
If you’ve decided to upgrade your home’s attic insulation, does it make sense to replace it all or just target specific areas? If the latter, which areas need attention? For homeowners in California, an energy audit for your home is a great way to help make this decision. Think of a home energy audit like a visit to the doctor for your house—through a series of tests like blower door testing and infrared thermal camera imaging, your home performance will be analyzed to identify areas where energy upgrades will most benefit you.
Maximize Your New Insulation and Air Sealing with PG&E Energy Rebates
PG&E insulation rebates can make upgrades in your home affordable now. When you invest in your home with high performance insulation and energy efficiency upgrades, you can earn as much as $4,500 in PG&E rebates. If you’re looking for a home energy audit near you to kickstart your blown in insulation or spray insulation upgrades with air sealing today, reach out to Greiner.