Problems that arise from having HVAC systems in the attic

Owning an air conditioning unit in the attic may seem like a great idea until problems start trickling in one after the other. Unless you are planning to use the attic space to act as a living area, it is advisable to insulate and leave it alone. Unfortunately, in a bid to make their homes more comfortable, several homeowners install HVAC systems in the attic and forget about them. This is a recipe for disaster because, more often than not, many people forget about things they do not see regularly. As such, they are less likely to invest in regular maintenance of the attic air conditioner or even realize when it breaks down. One of the biggest challenges with installing a heating and cooling unit in the attic is that you are not likely to recognize when something wrong happens, more so if used on rare occasions. Most HVAC technicians will advise homeowners to place their units at a visible location to see, hear, and smell when things go wrong. This helps them to get prompt HVAC repair services and avoid costly repairs and replacements. Installing an HVAC unit in the attic means lessening the insulation. This exposes the crevices that may have been covered before, making it easy for heat to escape through the attic. Overall, this is a disadvantage since the unit will have to work several times harder to compensate for the lost heat. There is also the ambient attic temperature trickling to other areas of the house and affecting the heating and cooling efficiency of the other system. Multiple penetration points are not a good thing for HVAC units.

 

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