A good cooling and heating system means your house will always be the perfect temperature, right? That’s not always the case. Even with the best HVAC system, you may discover that your house isn’t evenly heated or cooled—especially on the coldest and hottest Erie days. That’s because there’s more that goes into the equation. Your registers, how your household your HVAC and other operator preferences can influence the temperatures you feel throughout your house. The experts at Patterson & Stirling Inc are here to show you some things that you can adjust to more evenly heat and cool your home without calling for heating and cooling service.
Check for Closed, Blocked, or Dirty Registers
Check your home for blocked registers and air returns that are covered by curtains or furniture, or that have acquired debris and dirt dust and dirt on them. Blocked registers can be the culprit for uneven heating and cooling. If a register is blocked, heated or cooled air will be redirected to other rooms leaving certain rooms at unwanted temperatures.
Make Sure You Have Enough Insulation
If your home is lacking insulation in the attic, you may be losing heated air throughout the winter and allowing hot outside air through the summer through the top of your home. A poorly or inadequately insulated attic could result in major temperature differences on different levels of your home. Check that you have sufficient insulation and that it’s the appropriate kind of insulation for your type of home and the weather in Erie.
Keep Your HVAC’s Fan Running
Lots of people keep their HVAC fan set to “Auto” and assume that this means the fan will only run when required. What truly happens is that the fan only runs when the heating or cooling kicks on. By putting your fan in the “On” position, you can help keep heated and cooled air circulating throughout your home at all times and, therefore, keep the temperature more uniform throughout your home.
Check Your Home and Your Ducts for Leaks
When your air ducts have leaks or holes in them, they could spell trouble for your HVAC system. They’ll have to run harder to do their job, and some rooms may end up colder or hotter than other parts of the house. The same is true for air leaks near windows and doors in certain rooms. Luckily, repairing most air leaks is isn’t difficult.
Consider a Zoning System
Another thing you can do to improve how evenly your home is heated and cooled is have your existing HVAC system zoned. It’s definitely more of a long-term project and a bigger investment than other methods of heating and cooling your home evenly, but it gives you ultimate control. If you want more information about zoning possibilities for your home, Patterson & Stirling Inc can assist.
If you have more questions about how to obtain even temperatures throughout your home, call us at 814-308-0416. Or, if you suspect you may need heating and cooling service, we can be of help.