Where is the hottest place in your house on an 85 degree summer day? Where is the coldest place in your house on a frigid January night? In both cases, it is the attic. So, if you were deciding where to locate a forced air heating and cooling system, what is just about the worst place you could put it? It is obvious: Do not put your HVAC system in an unconditioned attic.
What is a better location? Put the ducts between the floors or in dropped soffits inside conditioned areas of the house. That way the conditioned air always travels through ducts at room temperature. Some better builders will condition the attic by placing insulation near the roof deck rather than at the ceiling. This brings attic temperatures much closer to those inside the house, but it does add an additional energy load to the home. It is a step in the right direction, which is getting HVAC systems located inside the living space of the home. Advantage Development Co. is an award winning custom green builder in Asheville NC and understands the importance of having all HVAC duct work within the conditioned space of the home for optimal energy savings. Call us today at 828-215-9064 for a free consultation or visit us at http://www.advdevco.com/ to see why we are the better builder.