Foam Insulation: Keeping Your House Cool in the Summer
Have you ever wondered about the magic of foam insulation that it can keep a house not only warm in the winter, but nice and cool in the summer?
Well it’s not so much magic as it is an air barrier and a little science, but don’t worry, it’s not too complicated.
RetroFoam of Michigan has more than 15 years of experience insulating thousands of homes across the lower peninsula. We know that foam insulation creates the best air barrier that keeps cool air inside and hot summer temperatures outside.
It’s important for homeowners to keep their homes cool, but without running their AC unit at all times, running up their monthly energy bills.
How Foam Insulation Keeps Your Home Cool in the Summer
Keeping a home cool in the summer months is usually done by running either a window air conditioning unit or central air unit. These machines are the only thing that create cold air, as every other appliance radiates heat.
These machines force the cooler air throughout your house, and when it is properly sealed with insulation, keeps the air circulating as well.
Here is where insulation plays a big role in maintaining a constant comfortable temperature.
It is important to understand how insulation impacts the conduction – heat transfer – and the convection – air flow – which both contribute to the comfort and energy efficiency of a home.
Conduction is the heat transfer from physical touch, so when the siding of a home gets hot from the sun, it will then make the studs inside the cavity hot. That heat will then transfer to the drywall and the inside of the house.
Convection is heat transferring through air flow. When it’s hot outside and there is any kind of wind, that hot air can move against the house and find a way in through any gaps or holes. Once it gets inside the stud cavity, it will find its way into the home through electrical outlets and creases in unfinished drywall.
If you don’t have adequate insulation, there is no barrier to keep that heat from getting inside.
Air Barrier Makes All the Difference
Injection foam insulation and spray foam insulation completely fill the cavities, including any gaps and crevices which will stop any air leakage and movement. This air barrier will also help to keep the air circulating throughout your home without making a break for it, especially if your entire home is insulated with foam.
Traditional forms of insulation, like fiberglass or cellulose, poorly protect a home from airflow and leakage, thus making those materials a poor choice for insulation. When it comes to reducing air leakage, foam insulation is the best option as it provides both heat resistance and an air seal.
Another bonus of having an air barrier in your home is that your air conditioner won’t run constantly in an effort to maintain a constant temperature. This will save you money in the long run on your monthly energy bills as well as maintenance on your AC unit.
Creating an air seal in your home creates a barrier that will hold in those comfortable cooler temperatures while keeping the heat outside. This air barrier is great for making your home more comfortable, while saving you money on your monthly energy bills.
Homeowners can save around 10 percent on their total energy bills just by sealing air leaks before adding insulation, according to DTE Energy. After the addition of foam insulation, a homeowner could save up to 50 percent on their monthly energy bills.
Getting Foam Insulation for Your Home
Now that you have read how foam insulation forms an air barrier that will help you beat the summer heat, you may have more questions about the benefits of spray and injection foam year-round. You can find more information on foam insulation and how it can make your home more comfortable at our learning center.
If you live in Michigan’s lower peninsula and you would like to schedule a free estimate, you can fill out the form on our website or call our office at 866-900-3626.