When we think of energy efficiency we oftentimes think of the efficiency provided by new appliances; we think how newer appliances, loaded with green technology, can help save us money on energy bills. And it’s terrific—not to mention true—because not only does that kind of efficiency help save us money on our monthly heating and cooling costs, but it also helps the environment. But the most efficient appliances require an efficient, well-insulated home to function up to full potential. Here’s a few tips to get there…
One appliance that both helps by being efficient, but also helps to make the home’s insulation function properly is the attic fan. Have you ever heard of an attic fan? It’s responsible for cooling attics in the summer months; it draws in the cold air from the soffit vents just outside and then pushes out the hot air out through the fan. If the attic fan is working incorrectly then the home’s insulation properties—or if the soffit is clogged—the attic fan can draw up the home’s hot/cold air, the air produced from our HVAC system. When the attic fan draws air produced from the house it’s the equivalent of keeping open a window while the HVAC system is operating.
There are ways to seal off the attic. You can place fiberglass information over the attic floor; the insulation will prevent the transmission of air between the floors of the house and the attic. Keep the area around the soffit free and clear of insulation, however, because clogged soffit could quickly become a problem, limiting any insulating properties.
If you have any questions as to how the HVAC professionals at R and T Services can improve your home’s efficiently, or install a new and highly-efficient furnace, then make sure to call today. The efficiency of your home’s appliances and the insulating capabilities within your home—walls, ceiling, attic, etc.—are important for both the environment and your monthly utility bill. Stay warm this winter season, and enjoy the holidays.