If you dread looking at your electrical bill each month during the summer, there are a number of options available to cut down on those high costs: Make sure your AC isn’t running with a malfunction. Schedule a maintenance session from a professional to inspect and tune-up the system. Raise the regular temperature to an energy-saving 72°F during most of the day. Install a new programmable thermostat to regulate the temperature when you’re away from home.
However, there’s something in your house that helps keep electrical bills down that you may not have thought about: the insulation. Depending on your house, insulation may either help or hurt when it comes to costs from air conditioning in Glendale, CA. To find out more, as well as to arrange for the work on your AC to help rein in those utility bills, call JW Heating and Air and speak to our cooling and air quality specialists.
How insulation helps during the summer
People tend to think of the word insulation only in connection to keeping warm, mostly because they connect it with wearing heavy coats. But insulation isn’t material “that helps raise temperature,” it is actually a thermal barrier: it prevents the movement of heat through convection (air) and conduction (contact). It works both directions, slowing heat from entering a home and from leaving it. Heat moves from areas of high temperature to lower temperature, so during the winter it tries to escape your home, and in summer it tries to enter. Having proper insulation in a home means you’ll spend less on heating your home during the winter because the heat from the HVAC system remains mostly trapped indoors. That same effective insulation helps during the summer because it keeps away extra heat that your air conditioning would otherwise need to overcome. You will run the AC far less with a good insulation defense protecting your home.
The attic is especially important for insulation during summer. The radiant heat from the sun striking the roof rapidly raises the attic temperature 20°F or more above than the outside temperature, and this heat sinks down into the rest of the home unless an effective barrier of insulation along the attic floor blocks it.
Call for AC maintenance and repairs for lower cooling bills
Homes in Southern California often have inferior insulation because they were designed for mild winters without little consideration given to the heat. If you have problems with cooling your home because of insulation, make sure you have an AC with enough power to overcome it and running without malfunctions that will drain extra power.
Call JW Heating and Air today for a maintenance check and repairs for your air conditioning in Glendale, CA. Our technicians are NATE-certified to deliver quality AC work, whatever you need.