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August 14, 2018
It’s a dilemma that homeowners all along Maryland’s Eastern Shore face throughout the year. The house becomes unbearably hot and stuffy in the summer, only to turn into a ice-cold freezer in the winter. How is it that a house can go to such extremes depending on the season?
If this sounds familiar to you, there’s good news — there is something you can do about it.
A Comfortable Home Starts with Controlling Heat Flow
Maintaining a comfortable home throughout the year is all about controlling heat flow. In the summer, you want to keep the heat out of your home. In the winter, you want to keep valuable heat in. For optimum comfort indoors, it’s important to make sure your home is equipped to regulate heat flow year-round.
The Best Home Upgrades for Year-Round Comfort
Looking for optimum control over the way heat flows through your home throughout the year? There are a few key home upgrades you should consider: air sealing, insulation, and crawlspace encapsulation.
Air sealing closes up holes and cracks which allow air to seep into and out of your home. This prevents hot, outside air from entering in the summer and warm, inside air from leaving in the winter.
Insulation slows heat flow through building materials, such as your roof, walls, and ceiling. Attic insulation, in particular, prevents heat from invading the upper floor of your home in the summer and escaping into the attic in the winter. Wall insulation is especially important during the summer because it keeps heat out as the afternoon sun hits.
Crawlspace encapsulation is an intricate process of air sealing and insulation designed specifically for the crawlspace. It includes sealing vents, holes, and gaps using spray foam; applying spray foam insulation to the crawlspace walls; and installing a heavy duty vapor barrier along the crawlspace floor and walls. A dehumidifier may also be installed for year-round moisture control.
Start Your One Project for Year-Round Benefits
If you’re ready for consistent indoor temperatures, plus added benefits like greater energy efficiency and lower utility bills, talk to the team at Total Home Performance. We’ll help you assess your home in the Easton, MD area and determine exactly what it needs for the reliable comfort you’re looking for.