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How Home Insulation Works in the Summer

While the weather hasn’t quite felt like it just yet, summer is officially here in New York. If you’re looking for ways to keep your home cool and comfortable this season, upgrading your insulation can help. Not only that, but insulation upgrades can also decrease the wear and tear on your cooling system and help you save on your energy costs. 

As a top insulation contractor in New York, NYS Energy Audits has been helping families make their homes more comfortable for over 12 years. We’re here to tell you that insulation can provide many benefits to your Brooklyn or Staten Island home—no matter what time of the year!  

How Insulation Works in the Summer

When it’s hot and humid outside, your first instinct is probably going to be to blast the air conditioner. While that may provide some relief from the heat, it will only get you so far if all of that conditioned air escapes because your home is poorly insulated. 

Working similarly to a down jacket, insulation prevents the transfer of heat through your home’s walls, attic, and basement. It’s a common misconception that insulation only provides benefits to your home in the winter. In fact, insulation blocks heat from entering your home in the summer the exact same way it holds it in during the winter so your home stays cool and comfortable. 

Insulation & Air Sealing Work Best Together

Did you know that the gaps and cracks found in a typical home can add up to the equivalent of leaving a window open all year long? That’s where air sealing comes in. While insulation prevents the transfer of heat throughout your home, air sealing prevents unwanted air from entering it through leaks to the outdoors. By creating a barrier and sealing your home’s building envelope, you’ll see many year-round benefits, including:

  • Improved whole-home comfort
  • Moisture control
  • Improved HVAC performance
  • Better indoor air quality
  • And more!

Efficiency Starts With NYS Energy Audits

Before making insulation upgrades and air sealing your home, it’s important to start with an energy audit to understand where it has inefficiencies. Our team takes a whole house approach to auditing your home’s performance and finding comfort solutions. We perform a thorough inspection of a variety of components, including: 

  • HVAC system 
  • Insulation levels
  • Air leaks 
  • Gas leaks (if you use propane or natural gas)

After an energy audit, we’ll give a detailed report of our findings so you’ll know what services will have the greatest impact on your home’s energy efficiency, like attic insulation or HVAC replacement. 

NYS Energy Audits will also help you find and qualify for available incentives to maximize your savings! We’re a participating contractor in several programs designed to help NYC residents save on home efficiency upgrades, like EmPower NY, through which income-qualified applicants can get their insulation and air sealing at no cost!

Schedule your energy audit today to get started. Call 718-372-3000 or contact us online!

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