There are several common types of insulation used in home construction today, including fiberglass, spray-in foam and other types. These are typically placed in the attic and in the outer walls of the home, and they essentially blanket the interior of the home for climate control purposes. While insulation is critical for climate control in the home throughout the year, it also plays a major role on the condition of your HVAC system over the years.
The Positive Effects of Proper Insulation
Some types of insulation, such as fiberglass insulation, may slouch down in the walls or may even be damaged by pests that find their way in the home. Therefore, in some cases, new insulation should be installed in an existing home to maximize the benefits that it can provide. These are some of the positive effects of insulation on your home’s HVAC system:
Reduce Temperature Transfer
Climate-controlled air inside the home can easily escape through poorly-insulated walls. When this happens, the HVAC system may have to work harder to maintain an ideal interior climate.
Mitigate High Humidity Levels
The HVAC system is responsible for reducing humidity levels in the home when needed. Poorly-insulated walls can allow more moisture to enter the home, and this results in the need for the HVAC system to operate for longer periods of time or to turn on more frequently.
Promote Energy Efficiency
Through the temperature control and humidity control effects described above, proper insulation may decrease the need to operate the HVAC system so heavily. This essentially may result in energy savings and lower energy bills.
Decrease Wear and Tear
When your system runs more frequently or for longer periods of time, more wear and tear may lead to increased repair costs. It may also result in the need to replace the system altogether much sooner than you otherwise may need to. Because you are using the system less heavily for temperature and humidity control, you may have to contact a repair professional for HVAC service less frequently.
Regardless of the season, now is a great time to check on the quality of your home’s insulation. If needed, replace the insulation or add new insulation in various areas. By doing so, you may reduce the likelihood of having HVAC repair issues going forward. If your HVAC system is already showing signs of wear or pending issues, we can help. Call us today at 408-295-2182 to make an appointment.