An HVAC system that isn’t working properly means your home may not be as comfortable as it could be and you’re most likely spending more money than you should. It’s one of the most important systems in your home, but it’s also often one of the most neglected. Regular HVAC maintenance can help your system perform its best, saving you money on high energy bills and repairs while extending the life of your investment. But there's more to maintaining your HVAC system than meets the eye. Here's what you need to know!
Not maintaining your HVAC system causes it to not perform efficiently and break down faster. This can result in uncomfortable temperatures in your home, pool air quality, higher energy bills, and costly repairs that could have been prevented with a little TLC. At Energy Attic, we recommend your HVAC system gets inspected 3-4 times a year to ensure it’s working and running properly. But we know that proper, regular maintenance can be difficult for homeowners. That's why we started our HVAC Preventative Maintenance Program.
Our program helps ensure your HVAC system stays in good, working condition year-round, so you and your family can be safe and comfortable in your home. It helps:
HVAC systems are necessary to keep your home comfortable in both hot and cold temperatures. For this reason, it’s important to check, clean, and maintain your unit, no matter what time of year it is. Here are some of the things we do seasonally to help keep your HVAC system running efficiently.
One of the best ways to help protect the HVAC unit in your attic is to have radiant barrier installed. Radiant barrier helps cool your home down, but more specifically, it helps cool your attic down. When it’s hot outside your attic can get up to anywhere between 130 and 150 degrees! Not only are your air conditioning unit and ductwork sitting in the intense heat, but they’re also having to work twice as hard. Radiant barrier helps keep the summer heat where it belongs - outside.
Learn More: How to Protect the AC Unit In Your Attic
In addition to our radiant barrier, insulation and ventilation are also important to helping regulate the temperature of your attic. Insulation and ventilation attack the problem - your hot attic - at the source. The machinery in your attic space, including your HVAC system, is going to have an extremely difficult time operating in 140-degree temperatures. Having good insulation and ventilation will help protect the rest of your house and give hot air an easy way to escape.
Learn More: How to Properly Ventilate Your Attic
We are often asked a lot of great questions by our clients as they seek the best possible solution for replacing, repairing, or maintaining their HVAC system. Here are a few of the most common.
There's nothing more frustrating than listening to your air conditioner blowing hard and looking at the thermostat to find it's still 80 degrees inside your home! How do you know if your HVAC system is working properly? This example is a common sign. If your AC unit is blowing but not cooling, have an HVAC technician come out and check your freon levels and make sure your unit is charged and working properly. Our technicians are licensed and committed to providing an excellent experience.
Our answer is this: You have to control the environment your AC system is working in, and that starts in your attic space. If your air conditioning unit, ductwork, or both is in a 140-degree attic while it’s trying to produce 50-60 degree air for your house, there’s just no chance its effort will be effective. Even if your AC is charged properly, is brand new, or barely used, you have to address the space where the system is operating, first.
If your air conditioner is brand new or if it’s blowing on all cylinders and is not working properly, one of the first things to look at is the temperature inside your attic. If the air around your system is too hot, it won't be able to produce or deliver cool enough air to get your thermostat down and shut off your system. This causes it to continuously blow with little to no success.
We recommend that you have an HVAC technician come out, check your unit, and make sure it’s charged and in proper working order. Your HVAC should be serviced 3-4 times a year. But it doesn't stop there. Our Energy Attic Audit will also take a look at other factors in your house like your attic space and weatherization. These are all things that can affect the environment your HVAC system is working in, and, ultimately, the overall comfort of your home.
At Energy Attic, our mission is to improve the areas in your home that truly count: air quality, comfort, efficiency. We provide long-term, real solutions that increase your home’s sustainability and protect your family throughout the year.