It's July, and it sure feels like it! Between the humidity and lack of a good old fashion summer storm, along with the warm sun beating down all afternoon, keeping your home at a comfortable level can be a little tricky. And if your electric bill is already climbing as a result of you pushing your Cary HVAC system to the max, it may be time to dig a little deeper into why your house is so hot. Today, we explore the number one reason most homes struggle to cool down - your attic!
What does your attic have to do with your Cary HVAC system?
We know that heat rises. As such, we know that once heat rises, it collects in a home's attic. If your attic isn't ventilated well, that hot stagnant air impacts the air supply to every other room in your house. This makes it even more difficult and expensive to cool your home.
Why does air circulation matter? Cary HVAC
Your Cary HVAC system relies on proper ventilation to circulate air and cool your home. Therefore, if your attic isn't properly ventilated, your HVAC system has to work harder to push cool air throughout your home; and if the elements of your system get too hot, it can affect other parts of your home, including your roof. Furthermore, a hot, humid attic can cause mold and mildew to grow, which is a-whole-nother host of issues.
How do you fix a hot attic as it relates to cooling your home?
We often recommend that you inspect your home for cracks and leaks if your home isn't reaching your desired comfort area. The "fix" for a hot attic is no different. Start by inspecting the space for any cracks and leaks. If heat is escaping, you should be able to quickly find the spot and repair it such that air or water doesn't cause future damage to your home.
Alternatively, you may need to upgrade your insulation. Furthermore, if you have an older home, it's possible that you will need to completely replace your insulation. Just be sure that your current insulation is in good shape before making an upgrade.
Install an Attic Fan to Control the Temperature - Cary HVAC
You can also install an energy-efficient attic fan to dissipate the heat away from your attic and outside of your home as a way to improve the heating and cooling abilities of your Cary HVAC system.
Typically, these fans are installed on the roof or gable of a home and are intended to reduce the temperature of the attic as well as eliminate moisture buildup that can cause mold to grow. They can be powered by your home's electrical system as well as alternative sources of power including solar and wind.
By installing an attic fan, the temperature can be adjusted via a thermostat. Not to say that your attic will suddenly be a comfortable temperature, but if the temperature is set to 95 degrees Fahrenheit, the fan will turn on anytime the temperature gets above 95 (which it frequently does during July), and stay on until the temperature drops below 95 degrees.
Looking for ways to reduce the heat in your attic? We'd be happy to complete an en energy audit to determine the source of your problem. There are a number of ways to improve your Cary HVAC system's efficiency. We will find out what the problem is and help determine the best solution to meet your home's needs. Call Choice HVAC in Cary today to schedule an appointment with one of our certified technicians.