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Inner City Skyline knows that insulation matters more in LA than anywhere else. With some of the hottest days on record, insulation is the only thing standing between a homeowner and a burning energy bill.
What Does ‘Insulating the Envelope,’ Mean?
There’s a shell surrounding the home that Los Angeles insulation specialists call ‘the envelope.’ Roofing, walls, and flooring, are the barriers of comfort that block the elements from coming in. When it comes to ensuring their ability to do so, insulation is key.
While it doesn’t have to be replaced often, insulation replacement is passed down homeowner to homeowner until the damage becomes so severe that it forces replacement.
Inner City Skyline uses proper insulation and insulation techniques to drive down an energy bill. Leaving the problem unsolved only makes it worse.
Wall Insulation is 35% Cool Air Seepage
Doesn’t matter if it’s the basement, the attic, or the home itself; wall insulation is the largest determining factor when it comes to keeping the place cool.
Wiring and plumbing contribute to perforations that create drafts, but more often than not poor insulation is what makes a home too difficult to keep cool. In the end, it takes an insulation specialist to understand the context of each home to find a solution.
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Attic Insulation is 25% Cool Air Seepage
The roof gets hot. Quickly. Underneath that is an enclosed room that does nothing but soak up retained heat to send right down.
Small avenues in the ceiling don’t seem like a big deal until reality adds up. Altogether, small perforations create a giant chute of heat that pours in from the outside, into the attic, then into the home. It’s no wonder why an attic is the first place an insulation specialist looks to in order to save a homeowner on energy.
Inner City Skyline catches issues homeowners may overlook.
An energy auditor in Los Angeles knows where to look in order to find out where all the cool air leaks out. Sometimes it’s the insulation. Sometimes it’s seepage. No one truly knows until after thorough inspection.
Duct Sealing Saves 35% of Cool Air
The A/C can pull all the weight it wants, but without proper insulation it’s going to be at a 30% loss in energy efficiency. Ducts navigate through all the rooms homeowners don’t keep an eye out for. Basements, attics, crawlspaces; cool air leaks into these areas without notice.
One of the first areas an energy auditor in Los Angeles checks for is the ducts. Because many homeowners have central A/C’s, it’s safe to say that the trouble comes from cool air not going to the places it’s supposed to.
Sometimes the focus is set too strongly on just choosing to upgrade when it comes to energy efficiency when the best decision could be optimizing what is already in place.
Wall Mounted A/C’s Are Energy Inefficient
Most homeowners know that a window A/C is an expensive solution to what can be a temporary problem. The average wall mounted A/C has trouble keeping a single room cold at great cost, much less two.
A central A/C is fit for the size of a home. It will never underwork or underperform, which is where the energy bill tends to rank up. When proper insulation is added to that mix, keeping a home is effortless.
It’s a foreign concept to many Los Angeles homeowners but it’s true. Turn on the A/C and just glide over how easy it is to control the temperature in your home.
Replace Windows to Keep the Home Cool
In the climate of Los Angeles housing, properties are turned over with improper assets all the time. Homes with builder grade windows are aplenty, which makes them all the more important to replace. There are three rules by which windows are rated on.
How much heat can they retain?
How much cool air can they keep in?
How much natural sunlight do they allow?
Builder grade windows fail on all three. Our contractors can determine the value of any given window with a simple energy audit.
It doesn’t sounds so bad having windows that ‘get the job done,’ up until homeowners realize they’re losing hundreds every year on cooling costs alone.
Finding the Right Energy Audit in Los Angeles
Inner City Skyline has handled Los Angeles’s remodeling needs for over thirty years. We value honest communication and setting a goal for every home we take under our wing.
Contact us to see how an energy audit can make your home more affordable and energy efficient.