Keep Cool This Summer with Upgraded Insulation

Summer is just around the corner, and with the warmer weather comes the inevitable rise in energy bills as we all try to stay cool indoors. But did you know that upgrading your home insulation can help keep you comfortable and your bills down? 

In this blog post, we'll explore everything you need to know about home insulation, including how it keeps your home cool, its other benefits, the best types of insulation, where to insulate, and how to find an insulation company and get started.

What is home insulation, and why do I need it?

Home insulation is a material that is installed in the walls, ceiling, and floors of your home to help regulate its temperature. Insulation works by reducing the amount of heat that enters or escapes your home, making it easier to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature year-round. In the summer, insulation helps keep your home cool by preventing hot air from outside from entering and reducing the amount of cool air that escapes.

Not only does insulation help keep your home comfortable, but it also helps reduce your energy bills. According to the Department of Energy, heating and cooling account for about 48% of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, so upgrading your insulation can have a significant impact on your energy costs.

How insulation keeps your home cool in the summer

During the summer months, the sun beats down on your home, causing the temperature inside to rise. If your home is not properly insulated, the heat will seep in, making it difficult to keep your home cool. Insulation helps keep the heat out by creating a barrier between the outside and inside of your home. It works by slowing down the transfer of heat through conduction, convection, and radiation.

Conduction is the transfer of heat through solid materials, such as walls and ceilings. Insulation materials, like fiberglass and foam, are poor conductors of heat, so they slow down the transfer of heat into your home.

Convection is the transfer of heat through moving air. Air moves through small gaps in your home's walls, floors, and ceilings, so insulation fills those gaps to reduce air movement and slow down the transfer of heat.

Radiation is the transfer of heat through infrared radiation. Insulation reflects and absorbs radiation to prevent it from entering your home.

By slowing down the transfer of heat through these methods, insulation helps keep your home cool in the summer without having to rely on energy-intensive air conditioning.

Other benefits of a well-insulated home

In addition to keeping your home cool in the summer, insulation also provides a number of other benefits. For example, insulation can help:

  • Reduce noise pollution from outside
  • Improve indoor air quality by preventing outside pollutants from entering your home
  • Increase your home's resale value
  • Prevent moisture and mold buildup, which can lead to structural damage and health problems

The best types of insulation

There are several types of insulation available, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. The most common types of insulation are:

  • Fiberglass insulation: Made from spun glass fibers, fiberglass insulation is affordable and easy to install. It's a good choice for walls, floors, and ceilings.
  • Cellulose insulation: Made from recycled paper products, cellulose insulation is an eco-friendly option that is resistant to mold and pests. It's a good choice for walls and attics.
  • Spray foam insulation: Made from polyurethane foam, spray foam insulation is a highly effective insulator that can fill small gaps and cracks. It's a good choice for walls, attics, and crawl spaces.

The best type of insulation for your home will depend on a number of factors, such as your climate, the age of your home, and your budget. A professional insulation contractor can help you determine the best type of insulation for your needs.

Where to insulate

To get the most benefit from your insulation, it's important to know where to insulate. Here are the areas of your home where insulation is most effective:

  • Attic: Attics are one of the primary areas where heat enters or escapes your home, so insulating your attic is crucial for maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature. Attic insulation is typically installed on the floor, ceiling, or walls of the attic, depending on the type of insulation and the design of your home.
  • Walls: Insulating your walls can help reduce heat transfer and noise pollution. Wall insulation is typically installed during construction or renovation, but it can also be retrofitted by drilling small holes in the wall and blowing insulation into the cavity.
  • Floors: Insulating your floors can help prevent heat loss through the ground and improve soundproofing between floors. Floor insulation is typically installed between floor joists in crawl spaces or basements.
  • Basement: Insulating your basement can help prevent moisture buildup and reduce heat loss through the foundation. Basement insulation is typically installed on the interior or exterior walls of the basement.
  • Crawl space: Insulating your crawl space can help prevent moisture buildup and reduce heat loss through the ground. Crawl space insulation is typically installed on the walls and floors of the crawl space.

Finding an insulation company and getting started

If you're interested in upgrading your home insulation, the first step is to find a reputable insulation company. Look for a company that is licensed, insured, and has a track record of quality work. You can ask for recommendations from friends and family or search online for local insulation companies.

Once you've found a company you like, schedule a consultation to discuss your insulation needs. The insulation contractor will evaluate your home and recommend the best type of insulation and areas to insulate. They will also provide an estimate for the cost of the project.

Before the insulation is installed, the contractor will prepare your home by sealing any gaps and cracks to prevent air leaks. Then, they will install the insulation using the appropriate method for each area of your home. After the installation is complete, the contractor will perform a final inspection to ensure that the insulation is properly installed and functioning as intended.

In conclusion, upgrading your home insulation is a smart investment that can help keep you cool and comfortable this summer while reducing your energy bills. 


By understanding how insulation works, the benefits of a well-insulated home, the best types of insulation, where to insulate, and how to find a reputable insulation company, you can make an informed decision about upgrading your home's insulation. Stay cool this summer with upgraded insulation! And when you use a TrustDALE certified professional, you're always protected by Dale's trademark $10,000 Make-It-Right Guarantee

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