Why Some Rooms Are Hotter or Colder Than Others
As many homeowners will report, it’s common to have an area in your home that’s never the correct temperature. Maybe it’s a bedroom that always feels hot and stuffy or a guestroom that feels like the dead of winter. There are many potential causes for this kind of inconsistency. Some are quick and simple DIY fixes, while others are more complex and require an experienced professional.
Check Your Air Filters
If it’s been a while since you changed your air filters, start here. Dirty filters can reduce your unit’s airflow and efficiency, causing uneven heating or cooling throughout the home. If you’re not sure when you last changed your filters, but they look gray or dirty, it’s time. Generally, filters should be changed every one to two months, but you may need to change them more/less often depending on the type of filter and other factors, such as pet ownership.
Keep Your Doors Open
If you keep one or more interior doors closed, you may be unintentionally disrupting the airflow in your home. If possible, try leaving the door cracked from time to time if you’re not able to open it completely. This should help the air continue to circulate.
Evaluate Your Windows
Modern windows provide significantly better insulation to your home than those installed even a decade ago. If you notice excessive condensation on any window, it might be time to have a professional evaluate their efficiency. Also, be sure your windows are closed and latched properly. Even a small opening can result in a significant loss of air.
Open Your Air Vents
Check the supply air vents around your home to make sure they aren’t closed, blocked, or caked with dust. They should have a minimum of a foot of clearance. If window treatments or furniture are obstructing your vents, your air won’t be dispersed evenly.
Mind Your Shades
During the winter, you can use window coverings to keep heat in, and in the summer, you can use them to keep the heat out. You don’t have to live in the dark, but closing blinds, shades, or curtains in a room when you’re not using it can really help with energy efficiency as well as heating and cooling consistency.
Call a Professional
If none of the methods above help with your hot or cold spots, you may need the help of a trained and licensed professional like those at Blind & Sons. Our team is highly experienced and can assess the situation more thoroughly. Below are some common causes that we’ll look for:
- There’s a leak in your air duct.
- Your unit’s blower fan is set too low.
- There are kinks or large bends in the ductwork.
- Your unit is improperly sized for your home.
- The duct dampers need to be adjusted.
- Your ductwork or unit was improperly installed.
- Your home has multiple levels and needs a zoned AC system.
- The ducts in your home aren’t insulated.
- You have a long run of ducts.
- You need more return vents.
- You have a high concentration of heat-producing electronics in one area.
- Home renovations or additions are affecting your system.
Trust Blind & Sons With Your Heating & Cooling Needs
Since 1937, Blind & Sons has been committed to providing excellent heating and cooling services. Our trained and experienced technicians can inspect your HVAC system and provide affordable and appropriate solutions to eliminate hot and cold spots in your home. We offer 24/7 emergency service, convenient online scheduling, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee.