Uneven heating problems in your home can be extremely annoying. Temperatures that vary from room to room not only create an uncomfortable atmosphere, but can also be an indication of a more serious underlying problem. If your home has multiple heating and cooling systems, then there is a greater chance that you may experience uneven heating and cooling issues. Xenia Heating & Air, located in Xenia, Ohio, recommends following these 5 tips to identify and correct uneven heating issues in your home:
If you are dealing with varying temperatures throughout your home, check your thermostat. If it is set to the “Auto” position, switch it to “On”. This will allow air to circulate throughout your home even when the cooling cycle is not on. As long as your HVAC systems fan is on, the temperatures in your home will remain consistent from room to room and floor to floor in your home.
A zoning system will consistently heat your entire home via one of two methods: movable dampers are installed throughout your HVAC system’s ductwork. These dampers open and close in order to control airflow in certain areas of your house. The other method involves having small heating units installed throughout your home in various “zones”. Each of these heating units is controlled by its own thermostat. A zone type heating system will save money on your energy bill by regulating the temperatures throughout your house.
If air is escaping from your HVAC system’s ductwork via a hole or an area of ductwork that has become separated, this will have the same effect as the hole in a straw. The airflow will be interrupted and weakened, and will cause uneven heating in some parts of your house. An interruption of this type can cause damage to your HVAC system. Your furnace will become overworked attempting to heat your house to the thermostat’s specifications. If your furnace becomes overworked and overheated the motor will stop working and your system will shut down. This type of damage is often irreparable and permanent.
Having the correct amount and type of insulation in your home’s attic is necessary to ensure even heating throughout your home. Insulation serves to regulate the temperature in your home in both warm and cold weather. A poorly insulated attic will allow heat or cool air to escape, resulting in issues such as irregular and uneven temperatures throughout your home. This is another situation that will cause your HVAC system to become overworked as it tries to maintain consistent temperatures throughout your home. Again, your system’s motor can become overheated and cause severe, possibly permanent damage to your HVAC system.
Just because there is some insulation present in the attic of your home does not mean that your home is adequately protected. If the insulation is poor quality, old, or if there is an insufficient amount of it, it isn’t going to do its job. Measure the amount of insulation in your attic and increase it if necessary. If the insulation is old, in bad condition, or if it is poor quality, replace it with a better type.
If you are located in Xenia, Ohio, or the surrounding area, contact Xenia Heating & Air for an appointment with one of our fully trained and licensed HVAC technicians for a professional cleaning and inspection of your home’s heating and cooling system. This should be done at least once per year and ideally, twice per year, prior to the onset of the summer and winter seasons. A professional inspection will reveal any existing issues or potential issues that could become problems in the future, allowing our technician to make any necessary repairs and perform preventive maintenance.
A thorough cleaning of your home’s heating and cooling system will include all ductwork and vents. This will ensure that the air flowing into your home is clean and free of pollutants. It will also prevent clogs that may be created by dust, dirt, and debris buildup in your system. These issues can interfere with airflow and can result in uneven heating throughout your home.
Check and Replace Your Furnace’s Air Filter
One of the easiest and yet most important things you can do for your HVAC system is to keep a clean air filter in your furnace. Anything that restricts the flow of air into your home can cause uneven heating problems. When your furnace’s air filter becomes clogged with dirt and pollutants, air cannot flow freely through it. This will disrupt the job your HVAC system is created to do. Check the air filter every 30 days during this season when your furnace is in use and replace it whenever it is dirty.
Identifying and correcting uneven home heating issues and making your home warm and cozy can be done by following these recommendations from the professionals. Make sure your thermostat is set in the “On” position so that air will circulate through your home continuously. Consult with a professional HVAC technician to see if a zoning system would be a good choice for your home. Have air ducts inspected for open spaces between pipe connections, holes, etc., that may be interfering with airflow. Check the insulation in the attic. Schedule a professional cleaning and inspection of your entire HVAC system at least once, and preferably twice, annually.
Xenia Heating & Air is at your service to answer any questions you may have and to assist you with all of your heating and cooling needs. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Give us a call at 937-708-8451 or visit us on the web to schedule an appointment at your convenience. Our number-one priority is providing the very best HVAC care to our valued customers.