A common concern as seasons change in Alexandria, VA is the effectiveness of heating and cooling equipment in the home. The transition from winter to spring may provide welcome relief by not having to use this equipment, but as summer nears, the concern will return. This is especially true in homes that have experienced problems with maintaining a comfortable temperature indoors. There are some helpful steps to take to improve conditions, and checking your insulation can be a part of the solution.

Heat Exchange Issues Affect Heating and Cooling

As outdoor conditions change, your home adapts. Hot weather causes your home to warm while cold weather causes it to cool off. Heat is transferred at various points in your home. Your windows, ceiling and walls all facilitate this transfer. Insulation serves as a thick barrier to limit the exchange. Heat transfer isn’t eliminated, but it takes longer to occur, enabling you to maintain indoor comfort levels longer while running your HVAC equipment less frequently.

How Do I Know if I Have Enough Insulation?

The material is generally used in ceilings and walls during construction. Inspecting these levels can be difficult without the assistance of a professional. Attic insulation may or may not be present in your home. This is one of the easiest places to add more if the levels aren’t sufficient. You will also find that insulating materials are used around your heating and cooling ducts to prevent energy transfer as air circulates through the system.

An energy audit performed by an HVAC professional can provide the information you need about the sufficiency of your insulating materials in the home. It will also provide the opportunity for other sources of energy loss and home comfort issues to be addressed. Windows can be significant in causing heat exchange to occur. Leaks and drafts are also common culprits. An inefficient HVAC system could also be at fault. Your energy audit will provide a comprehensive overview of the issues, and your technician will provide you with recommendations for improvement.

Seasonal HVAC Maintenance

Questions about insulating materials and their effect on home comfort are often posed because of high bills or poor comfort levels. While an energy audit is helpful, it’s also wise to think about implementing a plan for seasonal maintenance of your entire HVAC system. During this tune-up service, a certified technician does the following:

  • Visually inspects all components of the system
  • Identifies broken or worn parts in need of replacement
  • Lubricates bearings and other moving parts as needed
  • Checks refrigerant levels, making adjustments and diagnosing leaks as indicated
  • Inspects and cleans coils and condensate pan
  • Inspects ducts, recommending sealing or cleaning services if needed
  • Checks thermostat for accuracy and function

This service can optimize your system and provide improved efficiency levels. It is diagnostic in that it provides the opportunity to identify problems affecting its function and your comfort. Commonwealth Cooling & Heating can provide you with quick and accurate service to ensure that your home’s heating and cooling is functioning properly throughout the year.