Make your Houston, Texas home more energy efficient
Today, we’ve become accustomed to conditioned air, and most homeowners like to keep their homes relatively cool. Electricity used just for air conditioning in the South has increased 43% since 1993, and while the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) finds most people are comfortable within the 73° to 79°F summer temperature range, there are many homeowners who keep their thermostats set at a much lower temperature.
Insulation can reduce the amount of energy required to run your air conditioner in the summer and your furnace in the winter by 40% or more.
In your historic home, there’s a good chance that your attic was not created as living space, which means it’s unfinished. For maximum insulation, we recommend Attic Insulation – spray foam, which can be applied directly to the attic’s roof joists, preventing the penetration of radiant energy from the sun.
Houston houses with sub floors can be insulated to reduce air loss beneath the house.
Insulating sub floor s beneath older raised homes is another way to conserve your energy during months with extreme temperatures. We propose the use of closed cell spray foam beneath your home, as it adds a moisture barrier in addition to insulating benefits. An insulated sub floor prevents unconditioned air from creeping in through floorboards during the winter and summer, undermining your heating and cooling efforts, and it also averts the growth of mold and mildew, which is common in our humid climate.
Complete renovations to your houston home are an opportunity to apply open cell spray foam to exterior walls.
It is possible to insulate your home’s walls, and it can be a straightforward process. If you’ve removed old wall coverings, open cell spray foam can be applied between joists; if you’re only looking to add insulation, blown in cellulose can be added to exterior walls through small entry passages drilled into walls. However, historic homes can make this process more complicated, and a professional contractor should always be consulted to prevent fire hazards or damage to your home’s structure. In fact, you may find once your attic and crawlspace have been insulated, that the benefits of wall insulation would be negligible anyway.
If your historic houston home is undergoing a makeover, consider the benefits of closed cell spray foam insulation. Properly insulating the attic and crawlspace of your historic home will reduce your energy loss, optimize your HVAC unit’s performance, and ensure comfort throughout the year. You’ll save money and feel better. Give us a call at 360 Thermal of Houston, Texas and email us at office@360Thermal.com. if you’re interested in learning more about insulating your older home from our expert contractors or visit our location at 15700 Export Plaza Drive, Suite C, Houston Texas 77032