How to Cool Those Hard to Reach Rooms
It may seem like no matter what you do, how long you run the air conditioner or how low you set the thermostat, there is still at least one room of your home that is just too warm for your liking. In the El Dorado Hills, California area, where the weather requires air conditioning for the majority of the year, if you have this issue it can cause you plenty of irritation and discomfort. Thankfully, there are several ways of resolving the problem to ensure you’re comfortable year-round, during the times when the air conditioner is running and even the colder, winter nights when you have to turn on the heating.
Install a Ductless Mini-Split
Mini-splits can cool and heat individual rooms. They’re independent from any central ductwork your home may have, making them easy to install. When you’re not in a particular room, you can turn it off, conserving energy and guaranteeing that when you are actually using that room, the temperature will be comfortable. An excellent option for cooling and heating hard to reach rooms, ductless mini-splits, are efficient and effective.
Inspect Your Ductwork
Leaks in your home’s ductwork can reduce your system’s performance in cooling by about 40%. The air you are paying to cool is escaping, not cooling the areas where it’s needed and causing your AC to work even harder, and therefore costing you even more money; it’s a vicious, inefficient cycle.
Inspecting your ductwork and duct sealing will minimize the chance of air leaks making your home’s cooling system ineffective. Insulating ducts in unconditioned areas of your home is also key to improving your HVAC system’s efficiency.
Air Seal and Insulate
Insulation keeps the heat out of your home during the hotter months, and inside during the winter. If your home isn’t properly insulated, the temperature regulation will be difficult to maintain, causing discomfort.
Insulating without air sealing, however, is insufficient. Since air carries heat, moisture and pollution with it. Air sealing your home in conjunction with insulation, will maintain help it stable temperatures throughout the year to keep you comfortable. It will also reduce the chances of moisture issues and increase your home’s indoor air quality.
Reevaluate Your AC Unit
If various rooms in your home are never cool enough, this may be due to an oversized air conditioner. Although at first glance that might seem like a good thing, an oversized AC will cause you extreme discomfort at home. Since the unit cools too quickly, it doesn’t have time to reach farther rooms in your home or dehumidify, leaving the air sticky.
A properly sized air conditioner is essential to maintaining true comfort at home and saving you money on energy bills. When your home is properly insulated and air sealed, an HVAC specialist can calculate your home’s cooling load to determine which unit would suffice. It might surprise you, but a smaller unit will do a better job of cooling your home more efficiently.
You don’t have to suffer with rooms that are too hot. California Energy Services can help you get comfortable year-round.
Contact us or call (916) 737-1107 to get every room in your house cool and comfortable!