is your attic well-ventilated?

About Me

is your attic well-ventilated?

The ventilation in your attic has a direct impact on how cool and warm you can keep your home. If you don't have a well-ventilated attic, the attic temperatures will cause the temperatures inside your home to increase during the summer and cause moisture problems in the winter. How much ventilation does an attic really need? Your local HVAC technician can help you inspect and determine if your attic is adequately ventilated. My blog will show you the basics about attic ventilation to give you a good idea of what needs to happen to keep your home comfortable and protected from moisture.

Latest Posts

Why Ice Is Forming In Your Commercial Refrigerator
12 October 2021

While a commercial refrigerator is there to keep y

3 Things To Know About Home Energy Audits
16 September 2021

There are many ways in which your home uses energy

Possible Causes Of The Sounds Coming From Your Residential HVAC System
20 August 2021

Most homeowners are acutely familiar with the subt

Is It Time For Furnace Repair? Find Out Now
29 July 2021

Keeping your residential furnace in good condition

HVAC Upgrades Your Home May Need
7 July 2021

A home's HVAC system will be among the most import

Using A Ground-Source Heat Pump To Cool Your Home

An air conditioner can be used to cool your home down, but the AC unit you use will be dependent on the outside air temperature. At moderate temperatures, it will be easy enough to push hot air from your house into the air, but the hotter it gets outside, the harder it is for your AC unit to push heat into the air. Thus, when you need your AC unit the most, it is at its least efficient. If you want to tap into greater levels of efficiency, you need to consider installing a ground-source heat pump.

What Is a Heat Pump?

A heat pump uses a refrigerant in a set of evaporator coils to absorb heat from one location and a second set of condenser coils to push that heat into another location. This is exactly how an AC unit works, but it will only push heat in one direction—out of your home. A heat pump can reverse the flow of your coils so that you can both heat and cool your home. Most heat pumps extract heat from the air, which means that their efficiency is dependent on the ever-in-flux nature of air temperatures. 

What Is a Ground-Source Heat Pump?

Unlike air temperatures, ground temperatures are much more consistent. In fact, the temperature of the earth 10 feet below the ground stays at 50 degrees year round. The engineers of a ground-source heat pump tap into these constant temperatures by placing a special set of coils below the earth's surface. You, thus, have an endless heat sink which can absorb heat from your house. You can also use the same heat pump to extract heat from the earth during the winter no matter how cool the air above gets. In this way, a ground-source heat pump can reach efficiency levels of up to 600% whether it is heating or cooling a home. 

Rather than make your home subject to the ever-changing air temperatures and high heating and cooling bills, you need to think about what you can do to make your HVAC costs so manageable. A ground-source heat pump can greatly reduce your heating and cooling costs. If you want to erase heating and coolings costs altogether, you can install solar panels, a wind turbine, or both to power your heat pump and take it completely off of the grid. A ground-source heat pump is the most efficient way to cool or heat your home.  

For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from American Independent Heating & Air Conditioning.