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Summer isn’t too far away, but if you live in Austin or surrounding cities you know how uncomfortable it can get – even indoors.  You might be thinking a new HVAC system is the solution if your home isn’t as cool and comfortable as you would like it when temps warm up, but this may not be the answer.  Before you invest in a new cooling system, consider another factor that influences how comfortable you are; how well your home is insulated.

Lots of people think of how good insulation helps keep their central Texas homes warm and toasty during winter months, but don’t give much thought to the fact it works just as well to keep their homes cool in summer months.  Insulation, whether spray foam, cellulose, or any other type, is designed to prevent heat transfer.  The goal is to keep the heat that’s in the air inside during winter months and outside during summer months.  Without proper insulation your cooling costs will soar during the summer, but you will still feel uncomfortable in your home.

Before you run out and buy a new HVAC system, consider the benefits of high-performance insulation.  These include:

  • A longer life for your HVAC system and fewer repairs. When you have good insulation in walls, the attic, floors and other areas, your heating and cooling system won’t cycle on and off constantly.  This means less wear and tear on your equipment and an extended lifespan.
  • Lower monthly energy costs. You’ll slash cooling and heating costs due to the fact insulation helps keep the conditioned air where it’s supposed to be – inside your home.
  • Better indoor air quality. Insulation helps keep moist, humid air out.  An environment that’s too moist is the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew, which can cause health issues such as respiratory problems.

Could insulation be the answer to your comfort issues rather than a new HVAC system?  Possibly so, depending on the quality, R-value and thickness/density of the insulation that’s in your home right now.

Even if you do end up needing a new heating and cooling system, having high-performance insulation installed first makes good sense. At HabiShield we specialize in spray foam insulation installation and other types of insulation for home and business owners throughout the Austin area.