The Importance of Insulation for Your HVAC’s Efficiency

The Importance of Insulation for Your HVAC's EfficiencyHVAC efficiency is the sum total of several factors affecting a house. Installing and properly maintaining efficient cooling and heating systems is just one ingredient. Other variables, including the amount and quality of insulation in the structure, also play a part in supporting optimum HVAC efficiency.

How Insulation Makes A Difference

Insulation is a material that retards the movement of heat—no matter which direction it’s heading. Heat energy always flows from a warm zone into a cooler zone. The proper type of insulation, in the correct amount, installed in the right place, reduces both household heat gain in summer and heat loss during winter. This, in turn, helps maximize A/C or furnace efficiency, reduce operating costs and sustain indoor comfort.

Where Insulation Matters Most

In most residences, the focal point for effective insulation is the attic floor. As extreme solar heat radiates through the roof in summer, insulation beds in the attic floor inhibit heat from infiltrating down into living spaces. In winter, that same layer of insulation prevents heat loss moving upwards through the ceiling into the colder attic.

Specific HVAC efficiency benefits of proper insulation include:

Shorter A/C and furnace cycles.

Adequate insulation means reduced demand on HVAC systems. Both cooling and heating units run shorter cycles to maintain consistent thermostat settings. The A/C compressor uses less electricity and furnace burners consume less natural gas. Costs reduce accordingly and indoor comfort benefits, as well.

Sustainable efficiency specs.

The air conditioner’s SEER rating and the furnace’s AFUE rating are important efficiency specifications that consumers use to evaluate the expected energy consumption and performance of a unit. Adequate insulation helps HVAC equipment perform up to those standards and maintain the manufacturer’s OEM efficiency rating.

Reduced wear and tear.

Excessive component wear steadily diminishes air conditioner and furnace efficiency. Insulating the attic to meet current Department of Energy standards reduces the cooling load and heating load on HVAC components, extending service life and minimizing premature wear.

With professional experience gathered serving the Wabash Valley since 1922, Paitson Bros. can help maximize HVAC efficiency through proper insulation in your home.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Terre Haute, Indiana about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 812-645-6859.

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