Attics and crawl spaces are common places for furnaces, air conditioners, and duct systems to be located. When a furnace or air conditioner is tucked in an attic or crawl space, it is conveniently out of the way, functions the same, and is off your mind. However, it is important to be aware of several things if you have your furnace or air conditioner in the attic or crawl space. Continue reading for some tips for having a furnace in your attic or crawl space.
Make Sure Your Attic Or Crawl Space Is Insulated
The most important thing to look out for when moving into a new home or to check in your current home if your furnace or air conditioner is in an attic or crawl space is that the equipment is properly insulated. If it is not insulated it could cause a variety of problems. Firstly, your equipment will be a lot less efficient. Heat will escape from the systems before ever getting into the rooms that need to be heated or cooled. This will greatly increase the cost of your utility bills.
If you notice that the air coming out of your vents seems to be weak or not very warm or cold (depending on the season), the culprit could possibly be uninsulated equipment. Another problem that could be caused by having an improperly insulated attic or crawl space is that there could be cold and hot spots throughout the house; the air would not be properly distributed throughout the house.
Old Homes Typically Have An Insulation Issue
When you’re buying a home there are surely many things that you are looking for and checking out to ensure that the home is what you are looking for. One of the most important things to check is that a home has a furnace and an air conditioner that works properly. Once you have ensured that the home has a furnace and an air conditioning unit, that tends to be the end of your inspections. However, something you should always consider is whether or not the equipment is in an attic or crawl space.
If that is the case, then it is also vital that you ensure that the furnace, air conditioner, and duct systems are all properly insulated. As previously mentioned, insulated equipment will work much better and be more efficient. However, what has yet to be said is that old homes are especially notorious for having this issue. Old homes, especially in Utah, tend to have bare metal duct systems. If you are considering moving into an old home, be sure to check that your equipment is properly insulated. If you are living in a newer house, it is still important to have insulated duct systems.
Know How To Mitigate Problems
If you have a furnace or air conditioning unit in your attic or crawl space, it is important to check in on it on occasion. A problem with having a furnace or AC in your attic is that if a problem happens, it will be difficult to know. You may completely miss a leak or some other issue that occurs. So make sure that you do not forget to be on the lookout for potential issues. In addition to detecting problems, make sure that you keep your ducts clean and maintain your heating and cooling systems.
Do You Need A Furnace Or AC Repair?
If you need your duct systems cleaned, need a furnace or AC repair or replacement, or want more information about furnaces, air conditioners, attics, and crawl spaces, feel free to reach out to us at Genuine Comfort. We offer excellent heating and cooling services and have experience and knowledge regarding the industry. For more information, reach out to us today.