Improving Year-Round Comfort with Insulation

Even in Grand Rapids, summer temperatures can creep up there and are sometimes downright unpleasant, sending many homeowners in search of insulation contractors in Grand Rapids. Perhaps our expectations have changed over the years, or perhaps the reality of global warming has caught up with us. In either case, with tighter modern construction standards, it has become even easier to use insulation not only for winter warmth, but also for a summer cooling effect.

If you’re like most people, you have an ideal temperature range that is most comfortable for you in your home or work environment. That ideal range probably varies during the day and at night, and seasonally between summer and winter. You also may have people in your home who are particularly sensitive to drafts, either hot or cold. Or you may have family members who are so sensitive to allergens that open windows and air leaks present a problem. Through a combination of insulation, air sealing, and other minor improvements, most homes could be more healthy, comfortable, and energy efficient as well.

Improved insulation is known to keep our homes warmer during the cold months in Grand Rapids, and is often surprisingly effective at keeping homes cooler as well by trapping the conditioned air (or air that was cooled at night) and slowing the rate of dissipation into the outdoor environment. You can also seal cracks and openings to prevent warm summer air from leaking into your home, which will increase the overall comfort and efficiency of your home.

Insulation contractors in Grand Rapids can tell you that in addition to keeping the home cooler in summer and warmer in winter, effective insulation can make a home more comfortable overall. The reason insulation is so key to comfort is that adequate insulation helps maintain a constant temperature in the home. That can mean the temperature remains constant between rooms, or that the temperature remains constant with less cycling of the furnace or air conditioner.

Spring is an ideal time for a home performance analysis to find out where you can save the most money and make the most difference in keeping your home at a pleasant temperature all year long. Every home is different, but through a combination of insulation and air sealing, most can become much more pleasant. Contact GreenFIT Homes today for a home performance analysis. With this information, you’ll find out the easiest and most efficient ways to make your home comfortable year ‘round.

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