Why Temperature Balance Between Inside and Outside Is Key

Maintaining temperature balance inside a home means controlling heat loss and heat gain. It’s a natural law: Heat energy always migrates from a warm zone into a cooler zone. Unfortunately, that law doesn’t support optimum temperature balance nor maximum indoor comfort.

In the winter, heat migrates from a home’s warm interior to the cold outdoors. The house is more difficult to keep warm, causing monthly energy costs to rise. The reverse occurs in the summer: As you strive to keep the house comfortable with air conditioning, outdoor heat energy naturally infiltrates into the cooler indoors and the AC runs longer cycles to sustain thermostat settings.

While you can’t suspend the natural laws of thermodynamics, you can make temperature balance more equal in both cold and warm seasons by taking a few basic measures:

Avoid excessive heating and cooling.

Temperature balance is more consistent when indoor settings are moderate. During the winter, indoor thermostat settings no higher that 68 to 72 degrees help stabilize heat loss. In the summer, a setting of 78 degrees when the house is occupied inhibits heat gain. When no one’s home on a hot day, set the thermostat even higher or shut off the AC entirely.

Optimize insulation.

Because heat rises, heat loss through the attic in winter may be considerable. Conversely, during the summer, heat energy radiating down through the roof raises temperatures in living spaces below. To help stabilize temperature balance, make sure attic insulation meets current Department of Energy specifications. Fiberglass batt insulation should be 12 to 18 inches deep, while blown-in cellulose insulation should be 10 to 15 inches.

Eliminate air leaks.

Structural cracks and gaps promote air leakage that allows heat to either infiltrate or escape the house, depending on the outdoor temperature. Use silicone caulk to close small openings in joints between walls and around ceiling fixtures. Expandable spray foam can close larger openings in exterior walls. Also, renew worn insulation around doors and windows.

Get more details about how to maintain temperature balance and support maximum comfort and efficiency by contacting Paitson Bros., your trusted local source of HVAC excellence since 1922.

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