Seasonal Weather Woes: The Importance of Sealing and Insulating
If the old proverb holds true, then March will come in like a lion and go out like a lamb. This would imply that March will start out rough with a lot of storming and bitter weather, but by the time we get to April it’ll be smooth sailing all the way to next winter. Sounds perfect, but this isn’t exactly the case. The end of March marks the beginning of springtime, and because we are in Florida, it pretty much means the start of summer. Sure, this might mean more trips to the beach and the end of jacket weather for some time, but it also means storm season; and this is something that you should be thinking about before the storm warnings arrive.
North Florida gets an average of about 52 inches of rain every year, according to data from the Florida Climate Center. Most of this precipitation comes during the summer months; mostly June, July, August and September. In fact, the average rainfall in the month of September is four-times as high as that of December. So while we think so much about the harsh weather of winter, the colder months are actually the safest for your home.
Spring will be here in the blink of an eye, and that means that summer is right around the corner. Average rainfall in April and May is fewer than three inches a month, with temperatures still averaging in the high 70s and low 80s. Once summer hits, the rain will fall and the temperatures will climb closer to the triple digits. Take advantage of what is left of the mild dry season to prepare your house for the harsh summer weather that is always ahead.
Why Seal and Insulate?
Sealing and insulating your home is necessary for several reasons, including humidity levels, air temperature and water leaks. Your home is your refuge from the harsh weather of North Florida, but when the sealing or insulation becomes weak, you may find that the outside will find its way in.
Proper sealing and insulation deliver the following benefits:
- Better noise control
- Reduced risk of pollen, dust and other allergens in the home
- Better humidity control
The thing to remember is that leaks work both ways. So when your insulation is weak or your sealing breaks, you aren’t just letting hot air and moisture in, you are letting your expensive cool conditioned air out.
Imagine leaving a window in your home open every single day for a year. When it is hot, you can probably just picture the money flowing out your window, and when it rains you would likely cringe at the sight of puddles growing in your living room. No one would leave a window open every day—not if they could control it. Well, now picture this. If you add up all of the little leaks, gaps and holes in the sealant and insulation of the average home, it will add up to the equivalent of a window being open every day for an entire year. It’s time to shut that window!
The most important places to seal around your home are the windows, doors and outer walls. Air and moisture leaks in these areas are going to be the most costly. Having a well-sealed envelope and appropriate levels of insulation at these strategic spots around your home will have the greatest impact on your comfort and utility bill. Taking the time to fix sealing and insulation issues during the milder spring months can save you money and frustration come summertime.
If your home isn’t energy efficient, then you could be losing money. At All Weather Contractors, we want each of our customers to live in a home as comfortable and efficient as possible. Contact us to learn more about how updating your HVAC system, which might mean more money in your pocket.