I always took my home's heating and cooling system for granted. That is until I found myself battling one of the hottest days in years and my air conditioner simply refused to turn on. After contacting my local HVAC contractor, I learned that my cooling coils had frozen over from a lack of maintenance. He did get my AC back up and running that day, but he also helped me to look at my heating and cooling system in a whole new light. I have spent a lot of time over the last few years learning more about how to properly maintain my HVAC system and ultimately lower my energy costs. Today, I would like to share this knowledge with you so that I can help you to avoid some of the costly mistakes I have made in the past.
Air duct insulation is a specialized installation for your home's central air conditioning and heating systems in which rigid insulation is installed around the air ducts themselves. This carries a number of benefits for your home and can help improve the efficiency of both your furnace and air conditioner. Understanding what air duct insulation has to offer your home can help you decide whether or not it is worth the cost of installation.
Reduced Energy Bills
The main advantage of installing insulation around your air ducts is the fact that it will reduce the amount of heat that is transferred between your ducts and the exterior air. This will help keep cold air cold in the summer, and vice versa in the winter. This means your central heating and air conditioner units will be much more efficient at moving hot and cold air around your home and will not have to work as hard or as often to maintain a certain temperature, thereby reducing your energy bills. Over time, this can help offset part or even all of the cost of installing insulation in the first place.
Increased Comfort Levels
In a similar vein to the point above, increasing the efficiency of your air conditioner and heater will mean that your home will stay at a specified temperature for much longer, and there will be less fluctuation in overall temperature. This can help reduce discomfort during periods of severe weather.
Reduced Moisture Exposure
Another key point associated with installing air duct insulation in your home is the fact that insulation acts as a barrier between the air within your ducts and the air outside of it, which are vastly different in temperature. This will prevent condensation on your air ducts, which can cause all sorts of water damage behind your walls and even within your ducts, and can contribute to mold and mildew growth, which is a serious health hazard.
Some central heating units and air conditioners, especially older models, tend to be very loud when they turn on. This can wake you up in the middle of the night, or just be a general nuisance as you try to go about your day to day life. Adding a barrier of insulation around your air ducts can help muffle this noise and can allow both your central heating and air conditioning units to operate behind the scenes throughout the day.
For more information about air duct insulation and other ways to improve your heating system's efficiency, contact an HVAC company, such as High Tech Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.Share
29 March 2017