Will Insulating My Attic Make My House Cooler?
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Will Insulating My Attic Make My House Cooler?

Published by Andrew Schmidt

The official start of summer is next month! As the weather in and around Chicago begins to warm up, it’s once again time to focus on how to prepare your home for the heat. While you’ve likely already had roof insulation in Aurora put in to keep your home warm and cozy during the winter months, have you considered if insulating your attic will make your house cooler in the summer? We know what you’re thinking: insulation in the summer? Yes, you read that correctly! Insulation can provide more benefits than simply keeping things warm. 

How It Works

Scientifically speaking, heat gravitates toward the cold. Think of insulation as a thermal barrier that helps slow down the transfer of heat. Running your air conditioner in the summer is significantly more effective if you have insulation to keep the hot air from coming inside. Insulation is helpful for both the summer and winter months, making it an even more justifiable investment for your home.  

Why Insulate the Attic?

It may seem counter-intuitive to insulate the attic, but it’s actually the most important place to insulate if your home doesn’t have enough. On any given hot summer afternoon, the average attic has a temperature of 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Because the attic gets so hot, keeping it insulated helps ensure that the heat doesn’t enter the attic and pass through the ceiling of your home, ultimately resulting in a raised household temperature. In response, your AC unit has to work twice as hard to produce the same results. A simple layer of attic insulation can save you a significant amount of money on your monthly energy bills. In fact, adding insulation to your home usually pays itself back through energy savings in less than a year. 

Other Types of Insulation, Too

Beyond solely insulating your attic, you can take the same measures in other areas of your home. You can also insulate your home’s ductwork, walls, floors, crawl space, ceiling and roof! 

Our team at Showalter Roofing, Inc. can help ensure your home is running as efficiently as possible. Get in touch with us for a free estimate.

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