What Is Heat Loss in the Winter
Heat loss occurs during the cold winter seasons when there is a continuous flow of cold air that enters the home and pushes hot air out of the house. To prevent heat loss, it's important to seal areas where cold air could enter your home. Even if your HVAC system is on and raising the temperature of your home, it’s ineffective unless you’re able to seal your home to prevent the warm air leaking out. Failing to do this results in higher utility bills because of the increased cost of keeping your home warm.
What Is Heat Gain in the Summer
Heat gain in the summer refers to the transfer of heat into your home. Since it’s difficult to completely block the sun, dealing with heat gain in summer typically involves introducing colder air into your home through an HVAC system. Other strategies, such as insulated curtains and solar screens, can also reduce the effect of the sun’s heat. Insulation can also create a protective barrier which limits heat transfer through areas such as your roof.
What Are Typical Reasons for Heat Loss and Heat Gain?
Heat loss often occurs in places that are poorly sealed or designed to offer ventilation such as your floors, windows, doors and walls. This can also include cracks, joints and other poorly-sealed areas that are exposed to the outside. Most heat loss during the winter occurs when cold air enters through the roofing system.
In contrast, the main source of heat gain comes from the sun which is then absorbed into the structure of your home. Heat gain is most intense during the summer when the sun is in the sky for longer periods of time and the solar radiation is more intense. Your home can also cause heat gain from sources such as your kitchen and lighting.
Why You Should Remedy This Issue
Fixing heat loss and heat gain can result in higher energy savings which reduces the overall cost of keeping your home at a habitable temperature. It also ensures that your HVAC can run for longer periods of time without needing a repair or maintenance. All of these factors contribute to lower utility bills and increased overall comfort in your home.
How Air Comfort Can Help Prevent Heat Loss and Heat Gain
Air Comfort is a team of certified and experienced HVAC technicians that can perform regular maintenance and repairs on your HVAC system. However, we can also help you avoid heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer by examining your home and identifying problematic areas of your home. This could be examining areas that are susceptible to drafts or preparing your home for the summer by performing maintenance on your HVAC system and offering advice on how to keep your home cool during the hot summer months. We also offer service contracts that will keep your HVAC system running optimally at a reduced cost and higher efficiency thanks to the familiarity that our engineers will have with your home.