Attic - Walls - Floors - Basement - Crawl Space - Insulation
May062015

Hot House in the Summer? Here's Why!

Published by Rease at 12:49 PM under Blog

 

We get a lot of calls during the summer months from people who are having comfort issues in their home. They complain that certain parts of the home are warmer than others. Many times we hear stories of homes where people cannot inhabit certain parts of their house due to the unbearable temperatures. We also hear that they set their thermostats at 70 or 72 degrees and the house never cools below 78 or 80; forcing the air conditioner to run continuously. So even with a hot home, these home owners are still receiving extra high  bills.

 
We find most of these problems are occurring in homes that are 1 1/2 stories or 2 stories. The second floor is usually the culprit. They often tell us that the inside temperature rises as much as 10 degrees from the first to the second floors.
 

Here are a few of the things we check:

 
Roof
  • What is the color of the roof? Darker colored roofs tend to radiate more heat. 
  • Is there any shading benefit from shade trees?
  • Is the roof is properly ventilated?
Attic (Including side attics)
  • What kind of insulation and how much?
  • Has the attic been air sealed?
 
The solutions usually include air sealing measures in the attic spaces, additional insulation and additional ventilation. Installation of Solar powered attic ventilators are trending well with homeowners that are having comfort issues upstairs.  
 

Don't spend the summer sweating indoors

If your home is constantly hot no matter how high you crank your air conditioner, your home is not running efficiently. If you don't address these problems, you'll spend the summer avoiding particularly hot areas of your home, sweating through the night, and paying extremely high energy bills. 
 
Give us a call and let us make a plan to make your home more comfortable and more efficient.
Affordable Comfort of Missouri and Illinois
(314) 209-8700

 


Aug052012

Is the Heat Wave Making You Wonder about Air Conditioner’s Efficiency?

Published by Rease at 4:13 PM under Blog

Now that summer is at its peak, it’s hard to catch a break from the heat. Many homes have rooms that never seem to get cool, no matter how low you set your thermostat. You might set your thermostat as low as 72 but never see the temperature drop below 78. Meanwhile, your AC is running continuously and driving up your utility bill costs.  There are several explanations for why this might be happening. If your home is 1 ½-2 stories, you’ve got lots of crawl space and garage area soaking up your cool air. You might also have windows that lack shading, allowing the sun to pour in and heat up your home. It’s also possible that your HVAC system is unbalanced, which results in inconsistent temperatures throughout your living space, creating hot spots that never seem to get cool.

 

Photo credit: Achim Hering

 

So what can you do to stay cool without going broke?

 

 The root of the problem is often in your home’s insulation. We here at Affordable Comfort have worked with customers throughout the St. Louis area to inspect their current insulation and create a solution that results in cooler home and lower utility bills.  We’ve seen excellent results with our hybrid system. Just take a look at some quotes from our happy customers:

 

“We used to set our thermostat at 73 and the house never got cooler than 78. Now we have it set at 72 and it stays there 24 hours a day with a/c unit cycling normally.” – O’Fallon Homeowner

 

“An unexpected benefit (beyond the obvious energy savings) was sound control. We had a major thunderstorm the first night and we did not even hear it.” – Cottleville homeowner

 
“The temperature stats the same throughout the house upstairs and down.” – Cottleville homeowner

 

 So if you’re ready to fight back against the heat wave in your home, just take a look at our easy online quotation calculator. Within 5 minutes, you’ll have a quote for your home and be well on your way to a cooler summer.