Winter is finally over. We think. It did just snow last week. But that is Baltimore for you! You have to be prepared for anything. The weather can change in the blink of an eye, which is why it is never too early to start planning for summer. While the temperature outside may be a cool 60-70 degrees, it is only a matter of time before that thermometer hits 90-100 with humidity levels through the roof.
Preparing for Summer in Baltimore
If you have ever visited our blog before, you know the importance of annual AC maintenance. Nearly 75% of your utility bills are associated with your HVAC system. So you can imagine just how much an inefficient air conditioner could be costing you. But AC maintenance is only one piece of the energy efficiency puzzle.
Over the next several weeks, we will explore several ways in which homeowners, like you, can improve the energy efficiency of their homes and save money.
Attic Insulation and Energy Efficiency
During summer in Baltimore, temperatures are consistently in the 90s. That hot sun is continually beating down on your roof, heating up your attic. So why don’t you feel the effects? Attic Insulation. Without the proper amount of attic insulation, this heat will radiate through your roof and into your home. As a result, your home’s energy efficiency will suffer.
Do you have enough attic insulation?
Head to your attic and look from one end to the other. If you cannot see your floor joists and your insulation is evenly distributed throughout the attic, you probably have enough insulation. If your insulation is below the floor joists, you may be in need of some new insulation. ENERGY STAR recommends an insulation level of R-38, which is approximately 12-15 inches depending on the insulation type.
Of course, all the attic insulation in the world will not make a major difference if your air conditioner is not well maintained.
AC Maintenance in Baltimore
Lack of proper maintenance by a licensed and qualified HVAC contractor is one of the leading causes of malfunctioning equipment and high operation costs. Call Fresh Air Concepts today and find out how you can improve HVAC efficiency. We offer AC installation and AC maintenance services throughout Baltimore. We also offer several maintenance contracts geared towards extending the life of your AC through meticulous inspections and annual maintenance. To find out more, please contact Fresh Air Concepts by calling 1-800-708-4FAC or click here today! Make sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ as well!