How does Insulation Conserve Energy?
Energy costs can be frustrating, especially when you are faced with a hot summer in Ponte Vedra Beach FL. Your air conditioner gets plenty of use, and conserving energy seems impossible. However, there are many factors to consider in improving your energy conservation efforts. Insulation is one very important component to think about.
Insulation and Home Comfort
Your air conditioning system uses heat exchange in refrigerant lines to cool the air in your home. Your home is also experiencing heat exchange on a regular basis. As outdoor temperatures warm, your home gains heat. When temperatures are cooler, it may give off heat. As you feel the changes in your home, you respond by using your heating and cooling system to adjust indoor conditions. Insulation provides a thick barrier between your indoor air and the outside, slowing the exchange of heat while preserving indoor temperatures for longer periods of time.
Insulation amounts needed depend on many factors. Your HVAC system, home size, and structural materials are among those issues considered in the course of an energy audit. Some homes are built with fiberglass panels that add an insulating function directly to the structure. Most homes include insulating materials in walls and ceilings. Duct protection is also important for keeping heat exchange through ducts to a minimum. Attics are often neglected, but they can be insulated to improve home energy performance.
Home Performance Evaluations
Merritt Heating & Air Conditioning is able to provide an evaluation that addresses whole-home concerns. Insulation upgrades may be recommended for improving conditions. Duct and leak sealing are also important steps in limiting heat exchange.
Structural concerns can be assessed as well. Windows are notorious points for heat exchange. Structural materials can also affect your home’s performance. Multi-level homes can have issues with heating and cooling upper floors. Thermostat operation can play a role in poor performance. Our technicians make recommendations based on their findings.
Preventive Maintenance and Energy Efficiency
While insulating materials may contribute to your energy usage issues, it’s also important to be sure that your HVAC equipment is correctly serviced and maintained. Simple adjustments can play a big part in reducing your energy usage. For example, an undercharge in your refrigerant can lead to compressor stress, frozen coils, and higher energy consumption. Dirty coils can add up to 20 percent to your HVAC operating costs. Ducts can account for up to 40 percent of energy used by your system, and leaks equate to wasted resources. A tune-up is the perfect opportunity for your technician to pinpoint these problems and make adjustments.
Energy Efficient Upgrades
As design improvements are made in our industry, new equipment becomes more affordable to operate while conserving more energy. If you have older equipment, your energy expenses may be tied to the maximum efficiency levels of the units in place. An upgrade could save you as much as 40 percent in energy usage. One of our technicians at Mike Merritt Heating & Air Conditioning can help you evaluate these factors.