The temperature in a home is one of the first things you notice when you step inside. If it’s too cold or too warm, you immediately adjust the temperature, changing how your HVAC unit works. However, the comfort level and health indoors go beyond your air conditioning unit and thermostat. The entire structure of your home, from the top of your attic to your bottom crawl spaces, can affect your Plano, TX home’s air quality and temperature. Here’s why you should focus on whole home health to feel more comfortable when you step inside.
Better Insulation Lowers Energy Bills
One of the clearest ways whole home health improvements can improve your life if by lowering your energy bills. We often meet with customers who recently replaced their HVAC system to an energy-efficient model, only to find that their energy bills barely decreased. While the unit might be better, the energy problems within the home continue to drive up costs.
By reviewing the insulation throughout your home, and particularly within attics and crawlspaces, we are able to find exactly where the air leaks out. We determine the airtightness and can estimate how much air you’re losing (and how much you’re paying) because of poor insulation. Once your insulation is improved and these cracks are sealed, your energy bills are likely to decrease as the air stays securely inside.
Poor Energy Planning Adds Wear to Your HVAC System
After checking your insulation, the next step in evaluating whole home health is following the flow of air and energy in your space. Without the right planning, your HVAC system might have to push air all the way across the house instead of circulating it from a central location. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to wonder why certain rooms are never cool even when the air conditioning has been running for hours.
Not only does poor energy planning make your home uncomfortable, it also adds wear to your system. You might have to replace your HVAC unit sooner because it has to run longer to cool down the house. This can be expensive and frustrating for homeowners who just want cool living spaces.
Some Rooms Have Better Airflow Than Others
A lack of airflow to certain rooms isn’t necessarily the fault of your unit. The structure of your ductwork can affect how much air is lost as it moves through your home, and certain rooms are more likely to experience drafts than others. For example, if your guest room is built below the attic, it might never get warm because hot air rises. Any heat you pump into that room will immediately rise out of your house.
By taking a room-by-room approach to your heating and cooling, you can identify different factors that need to be addressed on a small scale to improve your home’s overall health. When you take a few small steps to improve the insulation in the attic — or at least to the attic door; you could see a bigger impact to your energy bill than if you did a major HVAC remodel.
The Air in Your Home Affects Your Health
Your home’s health doesn’t just affect your wallet, it can also determine how often you get sick each year. When your HVAC system can’t reach certain rooms, it throws off the humidity balance as well as the temperature. Overly humid rooms can lead to allergies and cause toxins like mold to grow. However, dry homes can also irritate sinuses and cause asthma flare ups.
If your HVAC system has to work harder because of improper home health, you could live in a dryer environment than you would like. The dry air could also lead to skin problems, including dry, flaky, and itchy patches. These problems could pervade throughout the year if your HVAC system has to keep running.
Many customers turn to Advanced Home Comfort because they want to lower their energy bills. However, they often find that improving their whole home health actually leads to additional benefits, like more comfortable rooms and better air quality.
Our customers can breathe easier and live in a better environment with a whole home health evaluation than when they just focused on the HVAC unit.