When you think of replacing or upgrading your HVAC system, you probably don’t give much thought to attic insulation – but you should. As trusted San Mateo heating and cooling contractors, we know the quality and condition of attic insulation (or even the complete lack thereof) can have a direct impact on how well your HVAC system performs. Without good insulation, you’ll feet hot in summer months and cold in winter months, not to mention the increase in energy costs you’ll face. Here’s a little information you’ll find useful.
Are the temperatures inside your home erratic? For instance, in winter months are there “spots” that seem colder than others, or in the summer are there spots that feel hotter than others? This could be a sign of poor insulation.
Higher than normal energy bills could indicate poor insulation. When your air conditioner or heater has to run constantly to keep your home comfortable, it results in higher costs. Replacing insulation, or adding to it if it’s insufficient, will result in easier regulation of temperature, meaning your system won’t run as often – and you’ll save money.
Have you noticed a pest infestation? Mice and other pests love insulation, so if you’ve noticed your home has a pest problem, you want to have the insulation in the attic (and even the basement if applicable) checked by a professional. If an infestation in the insulation is apparent, it’s time to replace.
Insulation can age and become ineffective. If you live in an older home, all you have to do to check for aging is to feel the attic insulation while wearing a thin disposable glove. What you’re looking for is crumbled insulation; if you find crumbles, it’s time to replace the insulation.
Most homeowners don’t realize the importance of a well-insulated attic for helping their HVAC system perform at its best. By keeping cooled or heated air in, you’ll not only be much more comfortable but you’ll also save money each month on energy costs!
At Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, our San Mateo HVAC technicians are dedicated to your comfort, year-round. Weather and temperatures in the Bay Area can be unpredictable, so make sure your home’s ready for anything! Call us today for all of your heating and cooling needs.