From time to time, your HVAC will require attention through repair and maintenance. However, a time comes when replacement or upgrade is the best possible option for you. This is especially the case when there are newer and more efficient models that you can upgrade to and make huge savings on energy and operation costs.
One of the main problems when doing HVAC upgrades is project delays and cost overruns. As a matter of fact, some homeowners are so used to these problems such that they give a leeway of up to 15% over the agreed budget estimate.
Overruns strain your budget while project delays disrupt the operations of your family and other occupants in your home. Because of this fear of disruption, many homeowners have postponed HVAC upgrades to sometime in the future even when the need and incentives are stronger.
Time and time again, homeowners battle pest problems. When left unattended, pests can have damaging consequences as termites can destroy your home, tear your attic, and invade your interiors. When wasps create nests inside and outside your home, they pose a danger to your family and even visitors.
The good news is, with a proper pest control strategy, you can keep areas of your home safe from these pests. The heating and air conditioning system is one of the paths pests take to access your home. Therefore, ensuring that your HVAC system components are pest-proofed can help make your home pest-free.
HVAC Systems and Pest Problems
The poor condition of your HVAC components can create opportunities for pests to invade your indoor space. If your home is located in an area where certain infestations such as raccoons are common, they can make use of your HVAC system to enter your home.
Summer is usually characterized by intense heat that cooks the expanse of the roof right above your head. When winter comes, the opposite happens. Drafts from cold and wind suck the cozy of your attic remodel. To ensure that you spare your home from such seasonal differences in weather and climate, you have to adequately insulate your attic and extend your ac system. There are various attic insulation options that you can choose from. Some of them include fiberglass batts, rigid foam and spray foam. The roof rafters play a significant role in the heating and cooling of the attic.
When insulating the attic, ensure that you choose materials with the highest R-value. The R-value measures the capacity of insulating materials to block the heat that moves through them. The installation should also be done correctly so as to prevent heat loss during winter and heat gain during summer.
Making sure that your home is well insulated is one of the more energy efficient things that you can possibly do. There is not much point in purchasing energy efficient appliances if your home is not properly insulated. Heating and cooling usually require the majority of the energy consumption in a home so insulation is critical. Plus a properly insulated home will help to prevent mold, rot and decay from ruining your investment.
Here are a few things that you can do to make sure that your home is properly insulated:
Attic, Walls and Crawlspaces
Heat rises and cool air settles. You need to make sure that there is adequate insulation in the attic and walls of your home. If your home has crawlspaces then you need to check there as well. If they are not insulated well enough you should consider adding more yourself or hiring someone to do it.
Most homes have one or more ceiling fans installed. Many people will run them when the temperatures begin to rise, but they don’t realize that most of the time they are just using up electricity and not actually cooling down the home. Fans can certainly help to save energy but you need to use them properly.
The first thing to realize is that ceiling fans do not cool down a room. All they do is move the air in that room. The moving air on your skin will cause you to personally cool but the room temperature does not go down. In fact, the temperature can rise as the spinning motor is actually generating heat. The heat is well worth it because of the cooling sensation it provides.
Here are a few energy saving tips that can help you to use your ceiling fans properly without wasting unnecessary energy.