People in North Georgia sometimes have to contend with temperature extremes, particularly in the summertime. What many folks overlook is the importance of properly insulating their homes. The following are a few techniques to help you to stay warmer in winter, and cooler during summer. By insulating the walls of your home, you furnish a barrier that creates increased thermal resistance. However, quite a few homeowners neglect these areas: crawlspaces, ductwork, and attics. The attic is a vital place to insulate in order to increase thermal resistance. Why is that? Heat rises. So if your attic isn’t insulated, the heat escapes. The corollary is higher utility bills. In addition, a crawlspace that isn’t insulated serves as a sieve for heat. If you don’t build a decent thermal transfer barrier between a crawlspace and the house, it may be costing you hundreds of dollars every year. Lastly, attention should be paid to your ducts. They should be sealed and tightly connected to stop cool air from seeping. In places inside the home where you don’t get conditioned air (like crawlspaces, basements, and attics), you should insulate your ducts. Ducts are usually made from thin metal materials, making them effective heat conductors. The problem is that they aren’t effective at inhibiting the transfer of heat. Hence, a lot of heated air can seep through uninsulated ducts before reaching the vents in your home. If you’re in the market for insulation, consider the importance of "R value". This relates to the insulation’s ability to halt heat transfer. The higher the "R value", the more effective the insulation. R 16 – R 30 insulation is recommended for all homes. If you’d like to learn more, please contact us at Snellville Heating and Air serving Rockdale County today.