A Clean Attic Plays a Role in How Your HVAC Unit Runs

A clean attic can mean a happy HVAC system. What does one have to do with the other? First of all, what happens in the attic can affect efficient operation of your heating and cooling system. Secondly, keeping a clean attic also provides the chance to check out particular HVAC components that are present up there — specifically ductwork. Like most people, you likely don’t visit your attic often, so you may be surprised by what you find. Here’s how you can help your clean attic support better heating and cooling functionality, as well as a more comfortable, healthier home.

Inspect the Insulation

Heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer due to insufficient attic insulation is a major cause of wear and tear on your HVAC units, as well as a cause of higher utility bills. In a clean attic, you’ll have a better opportunity to look for insulation issues such as gaps in coverage. Fiberglass and blown-in cellulose insulation may also shift and/or settle over time, causing gaps that allow heat transfer through the ceiling. Also look for signs of roof leakage into the attic that deteriorates HVAC insulation and increases heat gain or loss.

Examine Ductwork

While you’re working toward a clean attic, take time to inspect HVAC ductwork. Look for loose or disconnected duct joints, as well as other signs of ductwork deterioration. Conditioned air lost through attic duct leakage is a primary cause of higher utility bills, as well as inconsistent comfort throughout the home. Ductwork leaks may also pull dust, insulation fibers, and other irritants into the HVAC system.

Look for Leakage

Cracks and gaps in the ceiling below that allow air leakage may be more noticeable in a clean attic. These openings may be visible around recessed light fixtures in the ceiling and spots where electrical wiring or pipes enter the attic. Air exchange between the living spaces and the attic reduces furnace and AC efficiency and can also degrade indoor air quality.

Since 1922, Paitson Bros. has been Terre Haute’s go-to source for helpful HVAC advice. For more about the connection between a clean attic and a comfortable, healthy home, contact us today.

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