Helpful Tips for Insulating for Hot Climates
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The concept of insulating a building is crucial. Because it is a regional topic, constructing a house in warmer climates like Colorado requires a different approach from structuring one in colder climates like Michigan. For you to insulate your home effectively, advice from a local contractor is necessary.
Hot Climate Insulation
Insulation is designed to slow down heat transfer, meaning that it works technically the same.
Historic houses give tons of details about how to design according to unique climates. This is because contractors studied the weather conditions of the region before erecting a building to ensure that the indoor atmosphere was as comfortable as possible.
An excellent example is how the fireplace was conditioned in southern versus northern homes. In the north, the hearth was located at the center of the house to maximize the heat gained. On the contrary, fireplaces in the south were placed at the residence’s exterior wall (or even outdoors) to reduce the heat gain and also the fire risk.
Unfortunately, builders changed the designs in the 60s and 70s, hoping that technology would solve heating problems. They began building the same house designs all over the country, with little regard for the climate.
If the advent of technology has taught us anything, it has to be adaptability. Listed below are some quick tips to help you insulate your building for hot weather.
Where to Insulate
Building experts emphasize on location, especially when it comes to preventing the infiltration of warm air into a residence. In hot climates, there are basically two places you should insulate. That includes the attic and weather-strip doors and windows.
The attic is an excellent place to begin when you want to lower your utility bills. Remember, the underside of your roof is a crucial part of your insulation efforts. It prevents heat from clouding your attic and not just its floor.
Products such as spray foam, radiant barrier, or even the classic batts of denim, fiberglass or rock wool are excellent for the roof’s underside. Once you have completed insulating the underside, focus on its floor. Should your attic be finished, pay more attention to the roof.
When insulating your attic, ensure that the air conditioning ducts are within the insulated envelope. As a result, the AC units will not have to work too hard, considering that the ducts are losing less energy.
During hot, humid weather, uninsulated attic spaces reach up to 140? and beyond. It means that more cool air is lost before reaching your rooms if you have minimal insulation across the hot attic.
When insulating an attic, here are a couple of things to observe.
1.Knob & Tube Wiring- If your tube and knob wiring is active, do not fit it with insulation. This could start a fire. Look for an electrician for immediate removal.
2.Airflow- Your insulation should not block airflow whether the ventilations lead to the ridge and off ridge vents, gable vents, or soffit vents. The attic must have good airflow.
Doors and Windows
A properly insulated attic will not be effective if the air is leaving the building through window and door seals.
The major concern is never whether your windows and doors are single or double-paned. The small gaps in windows and doors are responsible for heat transfer and must be addressed. Be careful to seal these gaps to ensure hot drafts are avoided.
Reduce your Energy Bills
Did you know that air seepage besides allowing the heating and cooling energy to escape also creates the risk of moisture accumulating in the walls because of condensation? Moisture, when trapped in the wall, may lead to the dilapidation of the wall materials and the formation of mold and rot.
Building science has provided solutions to combat unwanted airflow. In this case, weather-stripping your doors and windows is the best bet. This strategy lessens drafts and prevents loss of energy through windows and doors.
Insulation does not have to happen in the entire building. Some sections, such as the crawlspace, replacement windows, and the exterior windows, should be ignored.
Considerations for Weather-Stripping
1.Windows rattling on a windy day, blowing drafts, or light seeping through the moving parts of an exterior door or window are signs that you should weather-strip.
2.Even windows and doors featuring built-in weather stripping may need improvement. What’s more, poorly done window or door installation, low-grade materials, or spoiled weather stripping may seal inadequately.
3.Air infiltration may be occurring even if you can’t see the light or feel the air moving. As a result, it pays to check all doors and windows.
Insulating buildings in hot climates is not as complicated as you may imagine. The most crucial consideration is that the process is handled by a professional experienced in insulation.