Keep Your Home Comfortable
Your heating and cooling systems are some of the most used systems in your home, receiving near daily use. Especially at the height of summer, your air conditioning unit, in particular, gets worked overtime. Consequently, problems do arise, and you may find yourself in need of an experienced HVAC repair technician. When this happens, you want someone you can trust, and who will be able to help you no matter what the issue is. At Mid-Florida Heating & Air, our heating and cooling service technicians are fully trained, NATE-certified, and can tackle any problem, large or small, commercial or residential.
Some of our many heating and air conditioning services in Gainesville include:
Why Insulation Is so Important for Your Home's Heating and Cooling
Did you know that the insulation in your home works just as well in the summer as in the winter? During the hot months of summer, it can help keep the warm air outside and keep the cool air inside, and during the cold months of winter, it can help keep warm air inside and cool air out. If your home doesn't have enough insulation, the hot or cold air outside is going to get inside, making your air conditioner and heater work harder.
- How Does Insulation Work? Insulation is any material made to keep heat from transferring from one space to another. Home insulation acts as a barrier between the air temperature inside and the air temperature outside. Conductive heat transfer is the main way outside heat gets inside the home. For example, hot air heats up the exterior wall which in turn heats up the air inside the wall. That heats up the interior wall, heating up the air inside the house. Insulation will interrupt the heat conduction, preventing that transfer.
- How Much Insulation Do You Need? The Department of Energy recommends that existing homes in this part of Florida should have between R-30 and R-60 insulation in the attic and between R-13 and R-19 in the floor. If you have uninsulated walls, they suggest drilling holes into each wall cavity and blowing insulation into the top.
- How Do I Measure My Insulation? In order to check if you have enough insulation, take a tape measure up to the attic. If you have batt insulation, you have an R-value of 3 to 3.5 for every inch. So, four-inch-thick batt insulation translates to an R-value of between 12 and 14. To measure blown-in insulation, gently push the end of the tape measure until it hits the drywall attached to the underside of the joists. Its R-value will depend on what type it is. The r-value of loose fiberglass can range between 2.2 and 2.9 per inch. For loose stone wool, it's between 2.2 and 3.3 per inch. For loose cellulose, it's between 3.1 and 3.8 per inch.
If you find you don't have enough insulation, you need to take action. Call Mid-Florida Heating & Air today to talk about adding more insulation to your home. It will keep your home comfortable through the hot, humid heat of a Florida summer as well as the cooler winter months.
From Repair to Replacement, We Do It All
Did you know that we have serviced over 200,000 HVAC systems and installed over 59,000 heating and air conditioning units? With this experience behind us and our commitment to continued training and education, we have the knowledge and skills needed to get any job done. We are proud to bring customers in Alachua County, Ocala, Lady Lake, and the surrounding areas superior heating and cooling services. If it turns out that you need your heating or AC system replaced, our expert technicians will guide you in selecting the system that is best for your home and your budget.
To schedule an appointment with one of our Gainesville air conditioning technicians, call our office at (352) 310-0022.