Goettl Air Conditioning Phoenix Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Insulation’

Common Problems with Insulation

Monday, January 30th, 2017

man-sits-in-front-of-fanThe heat of our summer seasons around here is legendary. Our winter weather is obviously far milder than the heat of summer, but we still have plenty of uncomfortably chilly nights during that time of the year. When you think of overcoming such discomfort in your home, your mind may immediately go to your heating and air conditioning systems. There is another important factor to consider, however, and that is your insulation in Phoenix, AZ.

Chances are that you don’t think about your insulation all that much. It’s not like it is going to suffer mechanical problems the way that a heater or an AC might, right? Well, this is true. That does not, however, mean that your insulation is always going to function properly or maintain its integrity indefinitely. Here are a few problems that you may encounter with the insulation in your home. If you suspect trouble with your insulation, be sure to give us a call right away.

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What Types of Insulation Are There?

Monday, August 15th, 2016

As you know if you read this blog regularly, we are big proponents of having not only the right amount of insulation, but also the right type of insulation in place. You may be surprised to hear this, but there are various different kinds of insulation, and not all of them are ideal for any given situation. That is why it is so important that you only trust trained professionals to install your insulation in Phoenix, AZ.

When you work with us, your insulation will be top-notch. It’s just that simple. Only then can you prevent the unwanted transfer of heat that can pose risks not only to your comfort, but to your energy budget as well.

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Why Is Insulation So Important in the Summer Season?

Monday, May 9th, 2016

A lot of people tend to immediately associate insulation with cold weather, when we insulate ourselves from the chill of the winter air. If you think that insulation only plays a vital role during the winter months, though, you could not be more wrong. The truth of the matter is that the insulation in your home serves your comfort every bit as much during the summer season as it does during the winter. If you hope to enjoy great comfort with great efficiency this summer, be sure that you have sufficient insulation in Phoenix, AZ, and in all of the right places throughout your home. 

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Signs of Poor Insulation

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Insulation is an important part of any home, tasked with preventing the unwanted transfer of heat into or out of one’s living space. In the summer, this means that the insulation helps to keep the heat from the air outside out of your home. In the winter, it means preventing the heat that you want in your home from transferring outdoors. If you have subpar insulation in Phoenix, AZ, you are going to wind up encountering a number of different problems. Fortunately for you, we can solve them all. Dial our number, and schedule your insulation services with the pros at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning.

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Problems Related to Poor Insulation

Monday, August 10th, 2015

We know that, as a homeowner, you have a lot on your plate. Having the insulation in your home evaluated or replaced may not be at the top of your priority list, but this may be due to the fact that you do not fully understand just how vital it is that you have sufficient insulation installed throughout your home. If the insulation in your living space is subpar, then you will run into a few different problems that can have a wide range of negative impacts. This is why we recommend that you schedule your insulation services in Phoenix, AZ with a skilled professional on our staff. That way, you can count on your insulation benefiting you in all of the ways that it should. 

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Understanding How Insulation Affects Your Home’s Temperature

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Your insulation in Phoenix, AZ is a staple for keeping our homes cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Desert temperatures tend to hit all kinds of extremes, and the better your insulation, the more comfortable your home will stay, no matter what’s going on outside.  But how, exactly, does it do that? Understanding how insulation affects your home’s temperature goes a long way towards understanding how it can save you money. Call Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning today to schedule quality insulation services. 

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What Parts of My Home Need Insulation the Most?

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Insulation isn’t just for the walls in your home; it really should be used top to bottom. Unfortunately, many homeowner miss insulating some key areas of their home, leading to a decrease in comfort and an increase in energy costs. While it’s easy to say that your entire home should be insulated from roof to basement, it’s more beneficial to take a look at the areas that can be overlooked or missed entirely when installing or adding new insulation to your home:

The Attic

Your attic space, particularly if it is unfinished, can be a vacuum for energy year-round. Why? Insulation slows the transfer of heat. If your attic isn’t well-insulated, it is the place where warm air will move to during the winter and where hot air will invade during summer. Warm air always moves into cool-air spaces and insulation helps reduce this transfer of energy. By properly insulating your attic, you do two things at once: form a barrier to keep the air outside from coming in, and reducing the transfer of your indoor air to the wide, open space of your attic.

Crawl Spaces

The question of whether or not to insulate a crawl space depends on the type of crawl space you have: ventilated or unventilated. This is because crawl spaces that are ventilated are the ones that need insulation. The reason a crawl space will have ventilation is to help reduce moisture levels. Unfortunately, during the cold months, these vents allow cold air to blow through; this is why it’s important to insulate ventilated crawl spaces. If you have an unventilated crawl space, the radiant heat from your home will be contained in the crawl space, so you shouldn’t experience the same kind of drafty, cold floors one can experience with a ventilated crawl space.

Ductwork

If your ductwork resides in a space that isn’t conditioned by heating or cooling, in whole or in part, those portions of ductwork should be sealed and insulated. The reason for this is that ductwork can lose latent heating and cooling while in operation if they reside in an unconditioned area.

One of the best ways to assess whether or not your home has the right amount of insulation is to work with a trained professional.

The experts at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning have been helping customers install insulation since 1939, so call us today!

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Does Insulation Save You Money in the Summer?

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Home insulation in Chandler AZ doesn’t have the same priority as it might in, say, Bangor ME. People associate insulation with staying warm in the winter, and indeed that’s one of its main functions. But the same principle that makes it work so well in cold weather also makes it work in hot weather. That means you should think very seriously about improving your insulation, perhaps even more than you might in a colder environment.

Does insulation save you money in the summer?

The principles of insulation involve three distinct concepts: conduction (the way heat moves through solid materials), convection (the way heat mores through liquids and gases) and radiation (the way heat warms the temperature of anything in its path. Insulation works to slow that process in the first two instances and often the third as well. It’s composed of material that slows the transfer of heat, whether it be fiberglass, rigid foam or even sheep’s wool. It’s also why you want to have lots of insulation in your attic, since warm air rises and moves towards the highest spot in the house.

However, that process isn’t just one way. The same concepts that help the insulation keep warm air inside your home also keeps outside hot air from getting into your home. In other words, the cool air generated by your air conditioning system will stay in your home longer and your air conditioner won’t need to spend as much energy to keep you home cool. That translates to lower monthly cooling bills over the summer, as well as a reduced risk of breakdowns and lower stress on your air conditioner overall.

Knowing that insulation saves you money in the summer means that you may wish to consider adding more before the Arizona heat rises beyond comfort. And for home insulation in Chandler AZ, the experts at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning are ready to help.

We know a number of techniques to make your home more energy efficient, including the addition of more insulation. Give us call today to set up a consultation.

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How Insulation Keeps Your Home Cool and Warm

Friday, January 31st, 2014

There are some misunderstandings about home insulation that we often encounter in our work. One of the most common is that the purpose of insulation is to keep a house warm. That is one of insulation’s purposes, but not the only one. Because people often associate insulation to keeping protected against the cold, they don’t often realize that insulation will also keep them cool. This is why, even in a desert climate like that in Glendale, AZ, insulation is vital for your home. Without proper insulation, your AC would struggle every moment it was on during the hot season, and you would pay a small fortune in energy bills.

To make sure you have effective insulation, talk to our comfort experts at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning. We offer a full range of insulation services in Glendale, AZ.

What Insulation Does

Insulation is a thermal barrier: it blocks the movement of heat. Heat travels in three ways: conduction (the movement of heat through contact, such as when you touch a metal pan that’s been in an oven), convection (the movement of heat through air, such as feeling warmth in the air blown from a furnace vent), and radiation (the movement of heat in electromagnetic waves off a heated object, such as feeling heat coming from sunbaked asphalt). Insulation, most of which is composed of fluffy material, stops the movement of heat through convection and conduction, although not through radiation.

During cold weather, the insulation in your home traps the heat coming from your heating system and prevents it from escaping outside. This is especially important in the attic, because heat rises and the attic is the main place it will leak out. Insulating the attic works the same way as wearing a woolen cap on your head on a cold day.

During hot weather, insulation prevents outside heat from entering your home, and thus makes it easier for your air conditioner to overcome the temperature.

You might at this point wonder what can be done with heat moving through radiation, since insulation doesn’t stop that. But there’s a solution to that as well: radiant barriers. This reflective spray put on the undersides of roofs deflects radiant heat from direct sunlight so it cannot enter a house through the attic. A single coat can block out 80% of the sun’s heat energy, which is extremely helpful in sunny Arizona.

Make Sure Your Home Has the Best Insulation

If your bills for heating and cooling seem abnormally high, you may need to have new insulation put in, or perhaps a radiant barrier added. We offer a variety of energy efficient services. For installation and repairs on insulation in Glendale, AZ, contact us today and schedule your next service appointment!

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Do I Need New Insulation In My Home?

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Most homeowners don’t understand how important the insulation in their home is to maintaining their comfort and the overall efficiency of their house. Your insulation is designed to resist heat transfer through it, which is critical to you keeping as much of the heat out of your home as possible. Here at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning, we offer a full range of Phoenix, AZ insulation services and we wanted to share some of the reasons why your home’s insulation is so important.

Why Insulation Is So Important

Typically, you don’t keep your home’s interior temperature at the same temperature as the outside air. In the summer, you keep your home much cooler than the outdoors and in winter you keep your home warmer. Because this temperature difference exists, heat will naturally try to leech between your home and the outside and your insulation is the only thing stopping that from happening.

If your home’s insulation is thin, rotting or if there are holes in it: these things can allow heat to move freely into or out of your home. This is of the upmost importance in your home’s attic. You see, your home is sometimes referred to as an “envelope” that is sealed off. Your walls, ceilings, windows and doors comprise the edge of the envelop. Your attic, however, is not part of this envelope and it also gets the most exposure to the elements. During the summer your attic will get very hot and in the winter it will get very cold. Having great insulation in your attic floor is a great way to reduce the amount of heat that can leech through into your home.

Here at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning, our insulation experts offer a full range of services. We can visit your home for an insulation inspection and then recommend a course of action if we find that your insulation isn’t up to standard. Give us a call today to learn more and to talk with one of our friendly specialists.

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