Your HVAC isn’t a stand-alone system – it has a reciprocal relationship with many aspects of your home. That’s why characteristics like the square footage, insulation level, orientation and number of windows are considered when sizing new equipment. What’s less commonly know is that a home’s interior finishes and furnishings can also affect HVAC performance, energy consumption, and the occupants’ comfort level. Here’s a closer look at some of these potential HVAC effects.
Your furniture can impact the timing and extent of your home’s peak heating and cooling loads. If you have more furniture and larger pieces you can expect lower loads, which makes heating or cooling your home easier and less costly.
What your furniture and other contents are made of influence how hard the HVAC has to work to achieve your desired comfort level. For instance, materials that absorb solar heat coming through your windows can increase your cooling load in the summer, and decrease your heating load in winter.
Flooring and wall materials can also affect HVAC performance. Thicker materials that resist heat absorption will have a lower thermal mass, so they can help lower the total heating or cooling load.
Your choice of window treatments can effect how much heating or cooling your home requires. Snug-fitting cellular shades are a good example – they can reduce summer heat gain by up to 85 percent, and block up to 40 percent of winter heat loss through the glass.
Your HVAC system needs ample airflow to work properly. If any of your interior furnishings are obstructing supply or return vents, the resulting airflow restrictions can overwork your HVAC. Long term, this can impact the system’s energy efficiency, reliability and expected lifespan.
Various ingredients used in interior finishes and furniture are known to off-gas volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can adversely affect the quality of the air being circulated by the HVAC system. These may include paints/stains, carpeting, flooring, wood glues and textiles.
To learn ways to deal with undesirable HVAC effects in your Monmouth County home, contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).