When it comes to cleanliness, the attic is one of the most overlooked parts of your home. Did you know that the cleanliness of your attic — whether you use the attic or not — can seriously affect your HVAC system’s ability to create a healthy and comfortable indoor environment? Here’s more on the importance of a clean attic to your HVAC system’s performance.
A filthy and cluttered attic will encourage pest infestations. These unwelcome critters will start nesting there if you neglect the attic and don’t do anything periodically to ensure a clean attic.
Rodents will chew and damage attic insulation, which is crucial to the efficient functioning of your HVAC system, because it acts as a barrier to heat transfer. It helps keep your home’s living area cooler on hot days and warmer on cold days.
When your insulation becomes ineffective, you could lose as much as 30% of your home’s heat in the winter, making your heating system work harder. In the summer, ineffective insulation will cause heat gain and reduce your air conditioner’s efficiency.
Cleaning, decluttering, and sanitizing your attic will help you eliminate and keep away pests. What’s more, as you or a professional clean your attic, you’ll find out if your insulation is damaged and needs replacement.
Over time, debris from dirt, dust, mold, and animal droppings can collect in your attic. These allergens and irritants will seep into your living spaces through recessed lighting, doors, ceiling hatches, and your HVAC system — particularly if it’s located in the attic.
Gaps in your ductwork will allow the irritants to flow in past your air filter. Consequently, they’ll go through your vents into your rooms. A dirty attic can be especially detrimental to people suffering from asthma and allergies, so make sure you have a clean attic.
A clean attic helps your HVAC system work efficiently and keep the air being circulated breathable and healthy. If you need HVAC assistance in the Indianapolis area, please contact us at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.