One common problem during the colder months is that some rooms in your house are more difficult to heat than others. When some areas of your home are harder to cool or heat, your energy bills may increase. By addressing this issue as soon as it becomes apparent, you’ll not only save money but also stay comfortable all-year-round.
Continue reading to discover problem areas that can make your home difficult to heat from an air conditioning replacement expert.
Basement & Subfloor Walls
The basement floor is only responsible for around one percent of heat loss in your home. However, you can lose up to 20 percent of heat through the basement walls. What you can do to fix this problem is to install more insulation around the walls or finish them if they’re cement. When finishing your basement, you can either go for a new installation or add insulation to an existing wall.
The thermal resistance, or R-value, of the insulation indicates how quickly it loses heat. This is how you can measure the effectiveness of different kinds of insulation. You have various options when it comes to insulating an unfinished basement and subfloors, including blanket batts and rolls, foam board, foils and fiber insulation.
AC repair experts know that a significant amount of heat loss occurs through windows. This is mainly because they’re made of glass, which is a poor insulator. A home energy audit can help determine if you’re losing a lot of heat through your windows. Moreover, you can address this issue by adding storm windows or installing plastic sheets over your windows.
Another area in the house where heat loss often occurs is the ceiling. Depending on the result of your home energy audit, you may need additional insulation. You’ll likely need more if the thickness of the fiberglass or wool insulation in your attic is less than 11 inches. Consider adding insulation to the access door if your attic isn’t sufficiently insulated.
If you’re experiencing issues with your heating system or need assistance with AC system troubleshooting, turn to Air Products & Services. Call us at (818) 989-2030 or fill out our contact form to request a service or estimate. We assist clients in Tarzana, CA, and nearby communities.