Insulation has been around since the earliest days of civilization, when people crammed straw into the walls of their huts to help keep warm. Today, we can do a little better than that, using modern fiberglass and similar materials to keep your home cozy and warm in the winter. But did you know that insulation performs equally well in the summer? Indeed, here in Worthington, insulation may actually be more valuable in the summer, when the humidity can spike as high as the temperature. Here’s how insulation helps your HVAC system no matter what the time of year.
The purpose of insulation is to slow the transfer of heat between the inside of your home and the outside. There are three physical principles at the heart of it: conduction (the movement of heat through solids or liquids), convection (the movement of heat through gases) and radiation (the movement of heat as pure energy). The purpose of insulation is to slow those processes as much as possible. So in the winter, when you heat up your home, the insulation helps the heat stay inside longer and keep you warmer.
But let’s reverse the equation for a moment. The principles don’t change just because the heat comes from the outside of the house instead of the inside, and insulation that works to keep the warm air in in January can also keep the hot air out in July. The net effect is equally beneficial: your house stays cooler for longer periods of time.
How does this help the HVAC system? Because your house is well insulated, it means the system doesn’t have to work as hard. It runs for shorter periods of time and uses less energy: saving you money in monthly bills and reducing the risk of repairs in the process. Insulation and other AC services in Worthington can be installed and maintained by Quality Air Heating and Air Conditioning. We understand how insulation helps your HVAC system, and we can take steps to help you maximize your system’s effectiveness. Give us a call today to make an appointment. You’ll be glad you did!