Attic Heating and Cooling Problems Can Cost a Fortune

Attics are a common source of heat loss in a home, producing expensive energy bills every month. There are three attic temperature problems you can control and reduce your energy use during the winter. Valuable energy is lost from problems with your attic insulation, ventilation and air leaks. Strong insulation, appropriate ventilation and sealed components work together to keep your home comfortable during every season and promote the energy efficiency of your heating and cooling system. Contact Mills Heating & Air to have your attic and HVAC system inspected if you notice continued attic temperatures and cooling problems.

Attic Temperature Problems: Insulation

A well-insulated attic is a key to preventing attic temperature problems. It promotes energy efficiency of your heating and cooling system keeping you comfortable throughout the year. If your attic walls and ceilings aren’t insulated, heat is escaping through the building materials. Heat loss occurs during the winter as precious heat escapes outside instead of circulating throughout your home.

During the summer, heat is gained from outside through the building materials and the humidity from outside increases in your attic space. The excess moisture invading your attic causes mold and mildew to grow on your insulation, becoming a health hazard to your family. Mold-infested insulation needs to be removed and replaced by a professional immediately.

Without proper insulation, your home will experience uneven temperatures, causing your thermostat to provide inaccurate readings and forcing your system to run continuously to compensate. An inspection of your HVAC system and the ductwork in your attic will determine if any insulation is blocking or restricting the airflow of your unit.

Attic Temperature Problems: Ventilation

The guidelines for proper ventilation for attics and roofs are less strict than those stipulating how well they are sealed and insulated. Poor ventilation is another culprit if you have high energy bills. When an attic is properly ventilated, the space is healthy, durable, moisture-free and doesn’t experience ice dams. Consult the HVAC experts at Mills Heating & Air to find solutions to your attic ventilation problems. Depending on the condition of your roof and ductwork, the job might require seasoned professionals.

Attic Temperature Problems: Air Sealing

During the winter, your HVAC system operates continuously to provide your home with ideal temperatures. If your attic has gaps, your precious heat is escaping through those gaps and forcing your HVAC system to work longer to make up for the loss. Aside from the extra expense of your energy bill, your HVAC system will experience more wear and tear during the winter from working longer and harder than expected.

The same problem occurs during the summer, except you lose cold air through the gaps and humidity seeps back into your home. The moisture will cause difficulties throughout your attic and the rest of your home. Consider having your attic inspected to determine where the gaps are and the best solution for sealing them. During a service call to have your ductwork inspected and cleaned, our HVAC technicians will take note of any gaps present in your attic and offer suggestions for solutions.

Schedule an inspection of your attic and HVAC system to determine what is causing your attic temperature troubles. Our NATE-certified technicians are highly trained and know exactly what to look for when inspecting your HVAC system, ductwork and attic. Contact Mills Heating & Air today to schedule services or preventative maintenance for your heating and cooling equipment. Remember, for lower bills – call Mills.

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