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Heat Loading In Your Home

With temperatures escalating into the triple digits, you may feel that certain parts of your house feel hotter or cooler than others, and ask yourself, why? To fully understand why some parts of most homes are either too hot or too cold, you first need to understand what heat load is. Heat load is how much heating or cooling is needed to appropriately heat or cool a particular room. Everything from square footage, ceiling height, how many windows are in a particular room and what side of the home they are located on, can all play a factor.

Certain areas of homes have a lot more heat load than others. Here are a few examples:

  • Rooms with east or west facing windows, high ceilings or rooms located over a garage are more likely to be uncomfortable because the heat rising from below. Any of these conditions could cause that room to warm up faster than other areas in the home with less heat intruding in or being generated.
  • A single speed motor that turns on and off is another way to cause heat loading.
  • Leaky ducts are major causes of poor indoor air quality, drafts and uneven temperatures, allergy symptoms and short equipment life.

To help reduce the amount of heat loading in your home and to help keep your HVAC bill low, keep all doors and windows closed, with shades drawn during the day especially those east and west facing windows. Installing a programmable or smart thermostat can save money by adjusting the temperature setting when you leave home.

To help lower heat loading in your home, get your system checked by a professional at least once a year. Contact a Yes! Air Conditioning and Heating professional by giving us a call at (702) 382-2478 or visit us at http://www.yesairconditioningandheating.com/air-conditioning-heating.aspx.


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