You may have rooms in your home that are hotter or colder than the rest. This is a common problem for homeowners, especially when your home has multiple levels. There are several ways to fix this problem so that your home is more comfortable.
Check Your Vents
Make sure that all the vents in your home are open and unobstructed. Common obstructions include rugs, furniture, and curtains. You should never close any vent in your home as doing so increases the pressure in your heating and cooling system. This can result in repair bills and shorter system life.
Replace the Air Filter
You should change the air filter in your heating and cooling system every two to three months. When the air filter gets dirty, it restricts the flow of air. Improper airflow can result in some rooms in your home being hotter or colder than other rooms.
Seal Your Home
There are many ways in which air leaks into and out of your home. This can produce hot and cold spots in your home and increase your energy bills. Areas of your home to check for air leaks include doors, windows, recessed lighting, and your attic hatch. Air leaks can also occur where the foundation and your home’s wood framing meet.
You can use caulk and weatherstripping to seal air leaks. Once they’re sealed, you’ll reduce draftiness in rooms during the winter and hot air getting into your home in the summer.
As windows lack insulation, the air around them can be too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer. You can use energy-efficient window treatments to solve this problem. One option is to put up thermal curtains to block heat from getting through your windows.
Have Your Ductwork Repaired
More than 90% of homes have leaky ductwork. Your ducts have been improperly installed or have developed holes and gaps over time. In the typical home, between 20% and 30% of conditioned air in the ducts is lost.
Signs your ductwork is leaky include hot and cold spots, high energy bills, noisy ducts, and debris around vents. If you experience these signs, call an HVAC company to inspect your ductwork and make any needed repairs. Simmons Heating & Cooling in Chesapeake, Virginia repairs leaky ductwork. We’ve been helping homeowners since 1964.
If your heating and cooling system is overdue for maintenance, one of the problems that can happen is hot and cold spots in your home. You should have your heater tuned up in the fall and your air conditioner serviced in the spring to keep them operating at their best. Maintenance helps them perform efficiently so that conditioned air reaches all the rooms in your home.
Install a Zoning System
You could have a zoning system installed in your home to prevent hot and cold spots. With this type of system, you can independently heat and cool different areas of your home. Your home will be more energy-efficient and comfortable.
Get Your Heating and Cooling System Evaluated
If your heater or air conditioner is not the right size for your home, it will have hot and cold rooms. A system that is too small for your home will run all the time as it tries to heat or cool it. One that is too large will produce too much hot or cold air, which makes your home uncomfortable.
A heating and cooling system that’s the right size for your home will make it more comfortable as you’ll have an even temperature across it. It will also save you money on your energy bills and last longer than improperly sized equipment will.
Ductless Mini-split System
If you have an addition in your home, it may not have ductwork. While you might be able to have ductwork installed, it might not be a good idea. Your heating and cooling system was carefully chosen for the existing size of your home without the addition.
To heat and cool an addition, you can have a ductless mini split system installed. It consists of an outdoor unit that can be attached to up to four interior units. Each interior unit is independently controlled with its own remote.
Simmons Heating & Cooling installs, repairs and tunes up heaters and air conditioners. We can also help you with generators, water heaters, geothermal, ductwork, indoor air quality, and air purification systems. Contact us today for more information!