The answer to this question all depends on how your home is situated on a lot and which rooms tend to get more sunlight than others. Modern homes put an emphasis on natural light, leading to beautifully lit rooms and large windows. If these windows happen to face toward the south, a room could get much more sunlight throughout the day than any north-facing windows would allow inside.
On the flipside, a windowless room could also attract some major heat if it’s not properly insulated. We’re talking about windowless garage spaces and attics for the most part. These spaces can benefit greatly from air conditioning vents and being included in your home’s HVAC system. Cooling these spaces down may use more energy, but can protect your home from pets or situations where invasive mold can grow. Plus, attending to less weather-resistant rooms keeps all areas of your home comfortable.
Rooms that attract more natural light and human activity benefit the most from air conditioning. If you’d like to give these areas more attention in your home via your HVAC system, we recommend a zone heating and cooling system. These systems allow your home to focus on certain areas, cycling more air in and out of them to achieve a target temperature, while purposely neglecting other areas that are able to stay cooler on their own.
One of these areas is the basement. In Colorado, basements tend to harbor cold air that sinks to the ground, often running up to ten degrees cooler than the rest of a house on a normal day. Running extra HVAC cycles in your basement throughout the summer is not only making far less of an impact on the space than upstairs, but it’s also costing you extra money over the course of the cooling season.
Be sure to direct your home HVAC questions to our friendly, qualified, professional staff at Right Away Heating & Air Conditioning. We’re dedicated to serving you and have years combined of experience in the field to perform the most vital and specialized HVAC functions for Colorado’s homeowners.