Recessed lighting is a popular choice in homes built today. Even in older homes, people are having recessed lighting installed to improve the artificial lighting in the space. But before you go making these home improvements, you should know something about recessed lighting. It is not an HVAC friendly choice for your home. In fact, when it comes to energy efficiency, recessed lighting is known to be one of the biggest problems in losing HVAC efficiency among homeowners. Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning is here to talk about why recessed lighting isn’t usually an HVAC efficient choice for your home, and what you can do to help this problem if you have recessed lighting in your home.
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Have you ever wondered how energy efficient your home is? It’s usually something homeowners think about when they start to see a real increase in their energy bill each month. To find out how energy efficient your home is there are household energy auditors to determine this for you. They map out your home and can tell you specifically the problem areas in your home using thermal mapping technology to pinpoint air leaks. Most household energy auditors will tell you that recessed lighting is a huge problem year-round in household energy efficiency.
What Makes Recessed Lighting a Problem in HVAC Efficiency
The biggest problem with recessed lighting is the air that leaks out around fixture, letting hot air out during the winter and cold air out during the summer months. There are some ways to improve efficiency in your recessed lighting.
Ways to Improve HVAC Efficiency in Recessed Lighting
There are two different kinds of recessed lighting, and depending on what type you have, you may need to make some improvements to them to make them more energy efficient. There is insulation contact (IC) or non-insulation contact (non-IC) lighting. If you have non-insulation contact recessed lighting, this is the most inefficient type of recessed lighting. These lights get hot when in operation and make it impossible to surround them with insulation material. IC lighting are less wattage and because of that, they don’t get as warm when used. This makes it possible to surround them with insulation and increase their efficiency. Changing your recessed lighting to IC fixtures and ensuring the fixture is properly sealed with caulk will improve the efficiency of your recessed lighting.
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The only way to truly improve efficiency is to get rid of recessed lighting all together. There are other lighting options like hanging fixtures and track lighting that are much more HVAC efficient. If you are concerned about the efficiency of your home, Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning can help you find many ways to improve the overall efficiency of your home. Don’t hesitate to have one of our technicians inspect your air conditioning system before the summer months get here to ensure it is ready to keep your house cool this summer. Call us today!