As temperatures soar into triple digits in Austin (which by now you’d think we would be used to), you may wonder why you feel just a little clammy or uncomfortable in your home. Is the A/C going out, or is it simply the super hot temps that are making you feel hot and sweaty before you ever leave the house? While it could be your cooling system, chances are you need to check out the insulation in the attic and walls.
Even when your air conditioner is relatively new, it needs a little help when it’s hot enough outside to fry an egg on the sidewalk. If your attic isn’t properly insulated it will heat up and cause the rest of your home to feel warm and uncomfortable. Insulation is what separates the hot air in the attic from your home – a barrier of sorts. Proper ventilation is also key so that you don’t have to worry about mold or other damage that can be caused by excess moisture and humidity.
In addition to insulation, air sealing is critical to keeping the hot air out of your indoor spaces. Air sealing helps seal up any cracks, gaps, holes or other areas where hot and humid air could be seeping in and making your uncomfortable, not to mention increasing utility costs. Whether around pipes, cables and wires where plumbing or electrical materials com into your home or in the attic or around recessed lighting. it’s important to plug up even the tiniest cracks to enjoy a cool home and eliminate drafty rooms, hot and cold spaces, and even excess dust which could be a problem for those with respiratory issues such as asthma or allergies.
Your air conditioning system works hard to cool your home, but it needs a little help when temperatures soar to uncomfortable levels. At HabiShield, our Austin insulation experts know the importance of quality insulation installed correctly along with air sealing for a home that’s more energy efficient, healthier and cooler when temperatures and humidity levels are nearly suffocating. Give us a call today!