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Reduce stress on AC units to save money

(NC) Springtime signals the start-up of household air conditioning systems in preparation for the days ahead when it will get really hot. With recent extreme weather patterns, there's a chance your AC will be working overtime this summer and fall, so an attentive maintenance plan for your unit will ensure reliable performance.

As an integral component of our comfort in the hot months, it's good to consider reducing the stress on our air conditioning systems. A simple way to reduce the energy used by AC is to consider upgrading your attic insulation, which keeps your home warm in winter and cool in summer. A primary source of energy loss is an improperly insulated attic, which also results in the AC unit working harder than necessary.

Upgrading can be as simple as topping up your existing insulation, and some products make it an easy DIY project. For example, Roxul's RockFill, is loose mineral wool insulation that can be hand spread over the top of the material that is already there. This mineral wool insulation is designed to remain stable, so it will not shift or drift, ensuring upgraded thermal protection. When upgrading your attic insulation, it's also important to fill in spaces around ducts, wiring and piping, converting these awkward spaces into energy saving areas.

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