Bright Ideas – July 2023

July 2023

Insulation helps keep your home cool.

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We usually think about insulation as something that keeps us warm during cold months, keeping the heat in and cooler temperatures out. But during hotter months, insulation can be just as important for keeping your home cool, without you ever having to touch the thermostat.

No matter what the temperature is outside, make sure any attic spaces, including the access door, are well-insulated. You should also prioritize exterior walls, floors above unconditioned spaces like crawl spaces and garages, and ceilings with unconditioned spaces above them. Filling any noticeable gaps with weatherstripping or caulking is another way to stay comfortable for less money.

Severe weather or water damage can also impact your insulation’s life span, so if your home is feeling especially drafty after a bad storm it may be time to have the insulation replaced.