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A high-powered AC is seemingly the front line for keeping a home cool when the North Carolinian temperatures reach peak summer levels—however, one key method that's often overlooked is attic insulation. At first glance, it might seem counterintuitive: How can adding a layer of insulation, often associated with warmth, help in keeping a home cooler? So let's dive into the building science and practical benefits of attic insulation.

Understanding Heat Transfer

To appreciate how insulation works, it's essential to understand how summer heat transfers into a home. During summer, the sweltering North Carolina sun heats up the roof, and this heat can permeate into the space below making for a hot attic. Once the attic has heated up, that heat will try and infiltrate your cooler living space in whatever way it can. This makes the job of an air conditioner much harder, as more heat is introduced and cool air is neutralized.

Attic Insulation: The First Line of Defense

Insulation acts as a barrier, slowing this natural heat exchange. When installed in the right places, insulation will stabilize the temperatures throughout an entire home, making it more comfortable throughout all seasons. This temperature stability also translates to significant energy savings. When the inside of a home remains cooler naturally, there's less need to run air conditioners or fans continuously, resulting in reduced energy bills. 

This remains true when it comes time to switch to the furnace, too—the heat from your furnace will stay in the home where it belongs, instead of escaping up through the ceiling and attic. Since your heating and cooling equipment doesn't have to work as hard or as long, the lifespan of these devices can be extended, saving homeowners on potential repair and replacement costs.

The Benefits of Attic Insulation

At Standard Insulating Company, we tell homeowners about all the different effects and benefits of attic insulation, including: 

  • Improved soundproofing

  • Fewer indoor drafts

  • A cooler second floor

  • Reduced use of heating and cooling equipment

  • Improved indoor air quality 

If you are interested in home upgrades that make the summer months a little more bearable in your Charlotte area home, your home is likely a good candidate for attic insulation!

Standard Insulating Company: Your Insulation Experts

Attic insulation solutions are not a one-size-fits-all situation, so who you choose as an insulation installation contractor will matter when it comes to the long-term success of your home improvement project. At Standard Insulating Company, our experience insulating the homes of Charlotte has taught us how to efficiently and effectively assess what an attic will need to battle North Carolina’s climate, leaving you with a home that feels more comfortable all year. 

If you suspect your hot attic is the root of all of your sweltering summer woes, call our team to schedule a free energy analysis, and we can get started making your home a more comfortable and energy-efficient place to live. 

Looking to stop the summer heat out of your home? Upgrade your attic insulation! Call Standard Insulating Company at 704-333-5151 to schedule a free energy analysis.