Having your AC checked by a professional team helps to ensure that your unit will work efficiently in the summer. Aside from that, there is another reason why should have the team visit your home: to have your attic insulation inspected.
Your attic insulation ensures that your home stays cool during the summer and warm during the winter as it is made up of material that tends to impede heat transfer. Without insulation, the attic would serve as a heat sink during summer and a heat source for the surrounding cooler air during winter. In both cases, your HVAC system has to work even harder to maintain the temperature of the rooms below the attic, keeping residents comfortable inside their home.
Animals such as mice may make your attic their home and possibly chew away at some of the insulation. If your roof leaks during the rainy season, the insulation may also get damaged by mold that grows on dampened insulation. The quality of insulation, especially foam insulation, degrades through time. All of these factors may make your insulation’s ability to retard heat transfer less effective.
Inefficient insulation means that your heating and cooling systems have to use more energy to keep your house at a comfortable temperature. The added stress that this would entail on your HVAC system will increase its wear and tear, decrease its performance, shorten its lifespan, and put it at increased risk of breaking down.
At the same time, since the HVAC is going to consume more electric power to maintain desirable temperatures, your electric bill could shoot up. Insulating the attic will help to keep the right temperature in your home during the cool and warm times, aiding the HVAC system to do its work more efficiently.
Aside from the fact that insulation will help to minimize heat loss and heat transfer during summer and winter, attic insulation will also prevent air from leaking out. Less strain on your AC means reduced wear and tear. This, in turn, means less frequent repairs. Not only do you get to save money for your bills but you get to save money from having less frequent AC repairs as well. The costs of installing or fixing the attic insulation can be recouped in just a few years and is worth the power and repair savings you’ll be able to enjoy.
The exact amount that you will be able to save depends on how you use the AC, the type of unit you own, and the condition of any existing insulation. Generally, attic insulation that is in good working order will offer up to 20 percent savings as it allows for the HVAC system to operate at its best. That means that if your annual bills reach $1000, the insulation will help to lower it down to $800, or a savings of $200.
Compare saving $200 yearly with the one-time cost of applying insulation to your attic, which ranges from $175 to $325 for a conventional attic with a 500 square foot area. You can see that the one-time cost is definitely worth the yearly savings from reduced bills due to increased HVAC performance.
Even as attic insulation is crucial, another way to save more money is to schedule a maintenance checkup of your AC with professionals. The checkup is sure to help keep your cooling system working as efficiently as possible, helping you avoid costly repairs in the future.
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