When was the last time you cleaned your attic? It’s easy to overlook, particularly if you don’t go up there much. However, it’s an important task that should be performed regularly. In fact, did you know that a clean attic can improve your HVAC system’s performance and keep your house comfortable? Here’s how a clean attic can help you.
A Clean Attic and Insulation
Insulation is important to your home year-round, and one of the main places to put it is in your attic. Insulation slows the flow of heat. This means that in the winter, it keeps the heat from your furnace from leaving the house and building up in the attic instead. In summer, it keeps the heat that’s already built up in the attic from leaking down into your home, thus helping you stay cool.
When insulating your attic, you lay a layer of material several inches thick over virtually the entire floor. In order to do that, though, first you need a clean attic. Remove anything you may be storing in there, so you have room to move around and lay down the insulation wherever it’s needed.
A Clean Attic and IAQ
Breathability is another reason why a clean attic is so important. If you don’t go in there often, dust can build up. When it’s humid, it can foster mold and mildew. All these contaminants eventually end up in your home’s air. From there, they’ll make their way into your HVAC air filter, causing it to get clogged more frequently and lose efficiency.
Clean your attic regularly to keep dust and mold at bay. Also, look for cracks, holes, or other damage. Not only can this let in moisture, which fosters mold, it also allows outside air to leak in. Even with insulation, the difference in temperature between the outdoor and indoor air forces your system to work harder to keep your house comfortable, wasting energy.
For help with insulation, IAQ, and other HVAC issues in your home, contact us at Detmer and Sons. Dayton’s home-comfort issues are our top priority.