Summer in Texas can be summed up in two words — hot and humid. The air is so hot and humid in Texas that several media reports named four cities in the state, including Dallas and Austin, as among the hottest cities in the U.S. during the summer of last year. In Dallas, there are days when the temperature reaches 100 degrees or higher, particularly in the months of July and August. With the scorching heat comes the problem of higher electric costs. Hotter temperatures demand more usage of your air conditioning system, which requires more usage of energy. And more usage of energy means higher electricity costs. For businesses, keeping your employees feeling comfortable and cool while working is essential for maintaining productivity. No one wants to work while feeling all hot and sweaty. However, the North American Electric Reliability Corp., a non-profit group that supervises regional electric reliability issues in the U.S., warned that this summer Texas might have a short supply of electricity. The state’s electricity grid manager, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, reported that the state’s anticipated reserve margin is currently lower than last summer’s reserve margin. According to the report, the shortage in supply is due to the growing demand in electricity across the state but few sources of new electricity generation. If electricity runs short in the state, ERCOT expects to import available additional power from neighboring states and issue emergency alerts to ask consumers to reduce electricity usage. Faced with the problem of scorching heat, budget restraints, and potential electricity shortage, businesses need to devise a plan to efficiently utilize energy and cut costs along the way.
Cutting Electricity Costs & Usage Through Insulation
Insulation can help cut costs and reduce energy usage for businesses. Insulation is an effective way of regulating and controlling the internal temperature of your office. In summer, insulation prevents heat from entering your office, reducing your air conditioning unit’s use of energy to cool your space. The insulation also helps prevent the cool air inside your office from escaping outside.
Spray Foam as an Effective Insulating Material
Spray foam is a highly effective material in keeping cool air indoors and preventing hot air from seeping in during the summer season. Spray foam has one of the highest R-values among insulating materials, making it more resistant to heat than other materials. Spray foam insulation also acts as an effective air sealant. It completely blocks tiny cracks, holes, gaps and small spaces where heat tends to seep in. The material is durable and requires little maintenance, so it is usable throughout the year. As a bonus benefit, spray foam also blocks allergens, like dust, which is prevalent in summer, from entering the holes in your building.
Installing Spray Foam Insulation for Reduced Energy Cost & Usage
Installing spray foam insulation in your office is a long-term investment. Not only does it help in reducing your energy costs, but it also helps in effectively reducing your energy usage. At A&L Foam Insulation, we make sure you achieve these goals. Our company provides high-quality insulation solutions for commercial businesses in North Texas, including Dallas, Irving, and Plano. Don’t sweat on your energy expenses, contact us today.