Are you finding that specific rooms in your home are colder or warmer than the rest of the house? When you go up or down your stairs, does the temperature change significantly? If so, your home (like many homes) has uneven heating issues. Sound serious? Don’t worry. You aren’t the only homeowner struggling with uneven HVAC issues. However, you are in the right place. If you have uneven HVAC problems, we hope you’ll find this blog useful.
Finding out your home has uneven heating, ventilation, and/or cooling problems is something a lot of homeowners encounter when their furnace is old. In addition to it being too old (like seven years or more), it could be caused by obstructed (or even closed off) air vents. It could mean it’s time to replace your HVAC filter. It could be because your HVAC system isn’t the right size for your home. The truth is, it could be time to consider having a new one installed. However, before you make any major investments, we at Kettering-Oakwood Heating & Air suggest trying the following.
Suggestions to Resolve Uneven HVAC Issues in Your Dayton, Ohio, Area Home
Turn Your Thermostat’s Setting to “On” Rather than “AUTO”
One of the fastest and most obvious ways to try to resolve uneven temperature levels is to set your thermostat’s fan to “On” rather than leaving it on “Auto.” By making this adjustment, you can enhance the circulation of air throughout your home, particularly between heating and cooling cycles. Consequently, this should help sustain those desired levels evenly in all parts of your home. However, if this is something you have already attempted, and it isn’t working, we recommend utilizing some additional measures.
Zoning Systems Are a Sure Solution
Zoning systems enable you to regulate the temperature levels in the different designated HVAC “zones” in your residence. Because getting one installed is a significant investment, this should be a job for a licensed professional. And because it will include upgrading to multiple thermostats, it’s the perfect time to select the best thermostats for your home. Installing a zoning system is a wise investment that is certain to resolve your home’s uneven HVAC issues. Meanwhile, it should save you money overall because it’ll allow you to conserve energy in parts of your home you might not be using. However, before making a decision like this, we recommend utilizing a few more tips.
Stop Any Leaks in Your Ductwork
Air leaks in your ductwork create uneven heating and cooling problems because of inadequate airflow. To solve this problem, we encourage homeowners to locate any air leaks in their duct system and seal them off appropriately. Neglecting leakage in ductwork can have an HVAC system laboring as many as 10 times harder than a system without leaks, which leads to a host of other HVAC issues, not to mention mounting energy bills. If you are aware your ducts are, in fact, leaking, or if you’d like for an expert to determine if they are, please don’t wait to call Kettering-Oakwood Heating & Air today. We can quickly ascertain if there are any leaks or if something else is going on, like if your ductwork wasn’t properly installed or if it’s too small, which are other common reasons for uneven HVAC problems.
Ensure Your Insulation Levels are Sufficient
Although it’s not an actual component of your HVAC system, insulation plays a critical role when it comes to sustaining an even temperature level throughout your residence. If your attic’s level of insulation isn’t sufficient, your home’s warmth drifts right up through the roof, and with it a lump of your money. And if you don’t have adequate insulation, not only will you be wasting money, but you’ll also be leaving a lot of unwanted stress on your HVAC system. We strongly recommend homeowners examine the insulation levels in their attic before the hot and cold seasons arrive.
Removing Air Vent and Air Duct Obstruction
One other common reason for uneven airflow is dirt, dust, and debris obstruction within your air ducts and on your air vents. Anything that hinders the flow of air in this realm forces your HVAC system to work harder, and it produces an uneven flow of air. We advise homeowners to examine their air duct system every season and, if it is required, get it cleaned out. Meanwhile, it’s important to review all your air vents in the house to ensure nothing (like curtains, floor mats, or furniture) is restricting the airflow in any way. Not only that, but make sure every one of your air vents is open as well. Closing them off (despite popular belief) isn’t an effective method to save money because of the problems it can cause.
Affordable Professional Help is Always a Call or a Click Away
If you are coping with uneven or irregular temperature levels in various parts of your home, give yourself a break. We would be happy to help you navigate the process of resolving this and/or any other issues. If you have any questions or want to get the easy process started, please don’t wait to give Kettering-Oakwood Heating & Air a call today at 937-502-3842. Also, for your convenience, you can set up an appointment online now by following this link. Thanks for reading, and as always, enjoy the rest of your day!