When summer is coming and you’re looking forward to several months of heat, you probably are eager to have your house warm up on its own without added energy bills. You’ll soon regret those thoughts, of course, especially if it’s a particularly hot summer. You can take certain steps to make sure that you are keeping energy costs down by insulating your San Antonio home properly before it turns into an oven.
Insulation is Key
Although many people think of insulation as something that keeps the heat in, it actually does the opposite in the middle of the summer. The cool air is kept inside instead – and this means a lower energy bill.
Insulation does not only refer to that fluffy stuff in the attic. There are all sorts of materials that are going to help your home stay well insulated. Window film, general ventilation in your home, and any leaks in your home will all affect how efficiently your home keeps itself cool in the summer.
Consult an Expert
If you aren’t sure where to begin but would like to increase your home’s energy efficiency while keeping everything cool during the heat of the summer, you could consider contacting an energy audit professional. Make sure this is someone who is not focused on selling you something, and rather is an unbiased source of help and information. They might even be able to let you know what kinds of tax that credits any changes you make could qualify you for.
Adding in Insulation
Before you start buying insulation and adding it in yourself, you are going to need to know what kind of insulation you already have in the attic. There are numerous colors and types of insulation, but it doesn’t take a detective to work out which one you have. Simply go up to your attic and take a look for yourself. If it is batt insulation, you will be able to get all the information you need from printed words on the insulation itself or the paper facing. Batt insulation comes in the form of large fiberglass units.
Loose fill insulation, on the other hand, will have different characteristics. It can be very itchy while being pink, yellow, or white means it is made of fiberglass. A dirty gray color means it is made of greenfiber; white color while not being very itchy means it is made from cellulose.
Once you know the kind of insulation you have in your home, you can find out more information on how to buy and install it yourself.
Adding a Reflective Coating
Another way of insulating the temperature of your home (without actually adding in layers and layers of insulation) is to coat your roof with something reflective. It is unlikely that you will be able to do this yourself, so definitely pay the extra dime to have it done properly by a contractor. Reflective coatings will stop your house from heating up in the first place – it reflects the heat, not just slowing down the heat, like insulation. These roofs are often unpopular because they are not always aesthetically pleasing so you will need to run it by your HOA before you add it on.