Going from a hot Orlando summer to the cold of the winter can be shocking. To prevent a chill in your home this season, you need to have the right type of insulation.
When choosing a type of insulation, there are many different factors you should consider. The cost of the material and the cost of installation should both be taken into consideration, as should the energy efficiency. This is measured in something called an R-value, or the measure of resistance to heat transfer. The higher this value, the less transfer of heat and the more effective your heating system will be.
Environmental impact may also be of importance to you. Some types of insulation have harmful affects on the environment during the manufacturing process, and others can negatively affect the air quality of your home.
Fiberglass, mineral wool, cellulose, and foam are all common materials that you may use for insulation. You may want to consider getting blown-in insulation. In this process, the insulation is literally blown into the space. It provides a tight, compact fit and allows for less airflow.
In addition to being more energy efficient, it also limits the amount of noise that travels through the walls. The tight fit limit moisture from spreading, which can be especially useful in humid environments. Over time, the money saved in your energy bills make this option very cost-effective. Environmental effects are limited with this product; it is made from mostly recycled materials.
There are some negatives to blown-in insulation. The initial cost of it can be more expensive than other options. The installation itself, although quick, can be costly. Additionally, the insulation needs to be covered by a sealed blanket to prevent allergic reactions.
Contact us at Rinaldi’s Air Conditioning Service for more information on your heating and cooling needs. For over 43 years, we’ve been serving Orlando and the surrounding area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Orlando, Florida and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about insulation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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