There are two steps involved in controlling the temperature inside your home. The first step is to keep the cool air inside your home; and the second step is to actually make the cold air that will bring the temperature within a more liveable range. When both of these steps work together properly, your home will become a much more comfortable place to be. The energy you use to accomplish temperature control will be much more effective and efficient if both of these parts are working together properly.
Step One: Insulating and Sealing Your Home
If certain rooms inside your home or the entire house as a whole isn’t staying cool enough in the summer, the knee jerk reaction is to call for A/C repairs or run out and buy a brand new air conditioning unit. Unfortunately, a new A/C unit will only do so much to properly cool and control temperature inside your home. If your home is not properly insulated or has air gaps or leaks inside the walls, floors or ceilings, you might be wasting a lot of energy and money on a room or home that will never adequately cool down. Proper insulation will reduce the amount of energy required to cool a home in the summer or heat it in the winter.
Step Two: Conditioning the Air
The air conditioning unit that you use to cool down your home needs to be the right size for the job. Many homeowners go with the theory that “bigger is always better,” but when it comes to HVAC, that is definitely not the case. An A/C unit that is too big might actually cause temperature control problems, such as temperature spikes, because it has too much power for the size of your home. This is why it is important to ensure that you take care of insulating and sealing your home first before a professional evaluates your home to determine what size unit would be able to efficiently control the temperature of your home year-round.
Hiring a Professional Insulation Expert
To determine whether or not your home is properly insulated or sealed, your best bet is to hire a reputable and experienced insulation installation expert that services both residential and commercial customers in your area. For homeowners in the New England area, Richie’s Insulation is a great choice for a professional inspection to check the effectiveness of your home’s insulation and to check for air gaps and leaks within the walls, ceilings, floors and attic. Located in Southeastern Massachusetts, Richie’s serves customers all throughout Rhode Island, Connecticut and even out on the Cape.
When you hire a professional insulation expert to inspect your home and make sure that you are insulating and sealing your home effectively enough to keep cold air inside in the summer and warm air inside in the winter, there are a few things you should expect. First, expect the insulation installation expert to check out your attic first, the area where as much as 30 percent of your home’s temperature control problems can occur. If you have a basement or crawl space, they will check there as well, as these areas are notoriously lacking in proper insulation and sealant, making them frequent sources of temperature control issues, moisture and other related issues.
After thoroughly checking your home with on-site inspections and specialized infrared equipment, the professional insulation expert will give you a list of areas that could be improved upon and suggestions on how to make those improvements. Sometimes the improvements may include removing old, outdated insulation and replacing it with newer, more energy-efficient materials; while other times it may just mean going around to properly seal off air gaps and leaks around your home to help maintain adequate temperature control.
Do I Need an Energy Audit?
The best way to figure out what size air conditioner or heater you need for your home is to hire a professional insulation expert to do an inspection and energy audit on your home. By making sure that you are properly insulating and sealing your home first, you will be able to maximize the ability of your new equipment to provide adequate temperature control inside your home.
Once you get an energy audit, know what needs to be done in order to improve your home’s efficiency and the effectiveness of your HVAC systems, it’s time to hire a professional to get the job done right. When you hire a professional insulation expert, you can rest assured that you will have the proper insulating and sealing of your home required to get maximum temperature control and the ability to maximize the cooling power of your new air conditioning system.
Contact Richie’s Insulation in Southeastern Massachusetts to set up an appointment or for more information on all of the energy saving options and opportunities available.