Attic Ventilation: The Key to Better AC Performance
Your air conditioner is responsible for maintaining home comfort during warm weather. The harder and longer your AC works, the less efficient the system becomes and the greater the wear and tear it ultimately incurs. Keeping your air conditioner in great shape is the best way to reduce home energy usage while ensuring your cooling system lasts longer and is less prone to breakdowns. There are many factors that play a role in the performance of your air conditioner, including the amount and type of ventilation in your home. Ensuring your home has adequate attic ventilation can offer significant benefits for your AC unit in terms of performance, cost, and longevity.
Better AC Efficiency
AC efficiency is tied to many factors. When your AC is operating at peak efficiency, it can cool your home effectively without running up high costs on your monthly utility bills. This is because an efficient AC unit turns more incoming energy into cooled air than an AC unit suffering from poor efficiency. A properly ventilated attic space is one of the factors that affects AC unit efficiency. A home with proper ventilation allows air to circulate effectively through your attic, which keeps this area of your home cooler, even on the hottest days of the year. Without ventilation, an attic space can quickly rise in temperature to well over one hundred degrees Fahrenheit. The heat trapped in your attic can then leak out into the rest of your home, causing your living spaces to become hotter as well. This raises the demand on your air conditioner, reducing its efficiency and making it work harder and longer to cool your home as cooling energy is lost in the attempt to offset the heat of your attic. By contrast, a well-ventilated attic will reduce the temperature difference between your attic and the rest of your home, which in turn reduces home heating due to a hot attic and minimizes the load on your AC unit, allowing it to maintain higher efficiency.
A Longer-Lasting AC Unit
The harder your AC unit works, the more wear and tear it will naturally develop. Over time, this wear and tear can build up, decreasing the lifetime of system components and increasing the risk of a serious breakdown that requires professional AC repair. If extensive wear and tear goes unaddressed, the issues that result could cause enough damage to warrant complete AC replacement. Because proper attic ventilation reduces the daily load on your air conditioning unit during hot weather, it also increases the longevity of your air conditioner by minimizing wear and tear on the unit. When your AC is operating at peak efficiency and suffers less wear and tear, it will last longer as components wear out as expected, rather than a faster rate. Thus, one of the major benefits of attic ventilation for your AC unit is greater cooling system lifetime for maximum returns on your investment.
Proper attic ventilation plays a vital role in the comfort and health of your home, as well as the performance and condition of your AC system. However, many homes don’t have the type or amount of ventilation needed to achieve the best results. If you’d like to find out more about the benefits of attic ventilation for your AC unit or schedule a professional home assessment to determine whether your attic ventilation is sufficient, please have our ARS/Rescue Rooter experts examine your home by scheduling an appointment online.