Your House’s Building Materials Matter to Your HVAC System

When cooler weather arrives in the Indian River County area, you’ll want to make sure your home stays comfortable and warm. However, you probably don’t want your energy bills to skyrocket while using your heating system. Knowing how your house’s materials affect your HVAC system can help you heat your home more efficiently when it’s cold out.

Vinyl

Vinyl siding on its own helps keep some colder air out and warmer air in, but you might need to turn your thermostat up to keep your home feeling warm enough. If you have vinyl siding in lighter colors or vinyl siding with insulated layers, these features help keep a greater amount of cold out in winter.

Brick

Brick exteriors provide an effective way to block colder outdoor air from seeping into your home. When these house materials are combined with insulation, you’ll have even more protection from the cold, and you won’t need to run your heating system as much.

Stucco

Stucco exteriors offer low air leakage, which can help your home stay warmer when it’s cold out. Air leaks normally allow colder air to get into home interiors.

Interior Walls and Doors

Most homes have interior walls made with wood frames, which heat passes through. Whether you have an open floor plan or a traditional floor plan, keep in mind that it’s better to leave doors open to allow air to flow better throughout your home. This can help ensure that your home stays sufficiently heated without having to use your furnace or heat pump as often.

Exterior Doors

The kind of doors your home has also affect how much you need to heat the interior. Steel or fiberglass doors perform better than wood doors in terms of keeping cold air out. Glass doors tend to allow a lot of heated air from inside to escape, forcing your heating system to run more often.

If you need help heating your home more efficiently, please contact NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating. Our HVAC team offers reliable heating and cooling services in Martin, Palm Beach, and Indian River counties.

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