When you turn on the air conditioner or heater in your home, you expect that it will cool down or heat up all the rooms in your home. For various reasons, however, this does not always happen. Some rooms may freeze while other swelter. If you notice uneven temperatures from room to room, here are some common causes and how to fix them.
Air gaps and leakage can cause temperature variations.
Check for gaps around doors, windows, and even behind light switches and stair cases. Air leaks can occur in the duct system causing air meant for a specific destination to siphon off before it can arrive. Your central air system will have to work harder to compensate for missing air if there are leaks, holes, or tears in the ducts. These can lead to larger problems. If you are unsure or suspect that this is the case, contact our professionals to come and take a look.
Windows let in and let out a large amount of energy.
To help trap this and stop unwanted heat or cold air, use blinds and curtains. Fireplaces can work in the same way. Make sure the flue vent is closed when not in use.
Attic insulation serves two purposes-to keep cool air in and hot air out. If your attic is not properly insulated, your home may not be receiving the full benefits.
Many homes have dampers that can be used to manually control the airflow to each room. Temperature issues could be caused by air balancing issues. Zone damper systems work by splitting the HVAC system into two or three “zones”. These zones can then be independently controlled by Wi-Fi thermostats in those areas. If your home does not have manual dampers but needs them, contact us and we can add those for you.
Some homes have improperly sized HVAC units. If the unit is not large enough it will not be able to cool or heat the home adequately. Our trained HVAC technicians can help determine if this is a problem.