House Call Company Blog: Archive for the ‘Insulation’ Category

Potential Problems with Your Insulation

Monday, January 30th, 2017

batt-insulationWhile your air conditioner is only going to work during the hot summer months, and your heater will run throughout the winter season, there are certain items in your home that do an important job all year long. While your insulation in Virginia Beach, VA is not a mechanical system with moving parts that will need to be tuned up, it is vital that these materials function precisely as intended at all times. Otherwise, you may encounter a number of different problems.

Chief among these are inefficiency, trouble maintaining even temperatures throughout your home, and even reduced indoor air quality. But why might your insulation fail to live up to expectations to begin with? That is what we want to cover today. If you notice signs of subpar insulation in your home, be sure to call us right away.

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Does Insulation Play a Role in the Summer Months?

Monday, May 30th, 2016

Not only does insulation play a role during the hottest time of the year, but it plays an incredibly important role. Many homeowners mistakenly associate the insulation in their homes with the winter season, when they’re trying to keep the chill of the air out of the house.

In truth, though, insulation works both ways, meaning that it is going to prevent excess heat from getting into your home just as much as it is going to help stop it from getting out in the winter season. You need great insulation to enjoy great air conditioning in Suffolk, VA. Here are a few signs of trouble to look out for. 

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Signs That You Need More Robust Insulation

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Your home is more than just a few walls with a roof dropped on top: it is a complex collection of many different systems. Chief among these are the heating and cooling systems that allow for maintaining comfortable temperatures within your home throughout the year. Your heating and cooling equipment alone is not enough to ensure that this is the case, though. You must also have sufficient insulation installed strategically throughout your home if you are to enjoy the best performance that those systems have to offer. If you have reason to believe that you are dealing with subpar insulation in Chesapeake, VA, contact a member of our staff. House Call Company is happy to handle any insulation services that you may need.

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Is the Insulation in Your Home Sufficient?

Friday, March 13th, 2015

“I need more insulation.”  We get that call a lot and it’s usually because the homeowner is cold and figures it has to be the insulation.  The truth is, that’s only a part of the issue.  Your house is a complicated set of systems that all must work together for you to be comfortable.  Insulation is one of those systems.

So Does Your House “Stack” Up?

The answer is yes.  Every house is a victim of “The Stack Effect.”  Everyone knows that hot air rises and when it does in your home, it escapes through holes you don’t even know are there.  Gaps around lights, ductwork, pipes, and electrical wires all allow air to escape into the attic.  Your house cannot exist in a vacuum, so it pulls cool air in to replace what it’s lost.  That’s that little breeze you feel and don’t know where it came from and that’s why you call us.

But insulation alone doesn’t solve the problem.  Insulation is measured in R-value where the R stands for resistance.  The R-value of insulation is a measure of the resistance to heat flow a particular material has, not the resistance to air flow.  Insulation does not stop air flow.  Your furnace filter is made out of fiberglass and, just like a filter, insulation allows air to pass through.  Air you have paid to heat and cool.  Sealing those gaps and holes throughout the attic keeps that air in, saving you money and keeping you comfortable.

Call The House Call Company today to have one of our Comfort Techs visit you and explain how air sealing and insulating your home is the right way to save on energy and  keep you comfortable.

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