How High Ceilings Affect HVAC Efficiency

High Ceilings

High ceilings “open up” a room and create a spacious ambience. They also add design opportunities, such as skylights that bring more outdoor light into the space. A “vaulted ceiling” (as they are known) also adds additional cubic feet to the room — space which must be cooled in the summer and warmed in the winter. Here are some ways that extra overhead space created by high ceilings can be accommodated when it comes to heating/cooling operation and efficiency.

Air Conditioning

Because heat rises, the increased overhead space may become a reservoir of heat that makes a room with a vaulted ceiling difficult to keep cool in the summer. Options to deal with that extra heat load include:

Heating

During winter, heat from the furnace rising in a room with a vaulted ceiling accumulates at the ceiling, depriving occupants in the lower area of warmth.

For more ways to make high ceilings compatible with comfort and efficiency, contact Jackson & Sons.

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