Here’s how to diagnose uneven cooling or heating problems in your home
Are you struggling with uneven cooling or heating in the different rooms of your home? This isn’t as uncommon as you might think. There’s actually multiple reasons that your rooms are varying in temperature. In this blog post, we’ll review several of them, and what you can do to diagnose uneven cooling or heating problems.
1. Check for blocked air vents
A blocked air vent is one of the main reasons for uneven cooling or heating inside the house. A blockage in the air vents or registers can contribute to uneven comfort. What blocks a vent? Often, we see floor registers being blocked by furniture, or wall registers being blocked by wall art. However, more commonly, the blockage is inside the vent, caused by the accumulation of dirt and dust.
So, how do you solve these problems? If furniture is the problem, move the furniture or wall art. You can also schedule an air duct cleaning service. Finally, if that doesn’t work, try redirecting cooled or heated air by partially closing the vents in some areas, and keeping the vents fully open in an area with inadequate cooling or heating. This will divert some of the cooled or heated air to the area where the cooling is not sufficient.
However, you should never fully close the air vent in any room, as it will result in a build-up of pressure inside the system, leading to accelerated wear-and-tear.
2. Check for leaks in the air ducts
The uneven cooling problem can also be due to leaks in your air ducts. When there is an air leak, it will make the system work harder to cool the room. This will result in uneven cooling inside the house. Consider letting an experienced air conditioner technician from Southern Air check your house for leaks in the ducts.
3. Inspect the air filter
Dirty air filters can also result in uneven cooling or heating. You should get your home’s air filter inspected at regular intervals. A dirty filter can cause uneven comfort inside the house along with decreased indoor air quality. Changing a dirty filter will not just solve the issue, it will also prevent costly air conditioning or furnace repairs.
4. Do you have poor home insulation?
Poor home insulation, particularly in the attic, can result in uneven home cooling as well. Proper insulation help keeps cooled or heated air inside the house and prevents outside air from getting inside. If your house is not properly insulated, the system will work harder and harder to generate cooling or heating.
If you’ve exhausted all the options above, call an expert to check whether there is proper insulation inside the house and in your attic.
5. Consider a ductless system
Installing a ductless system in addition to your regular air conditioning or furnace may seem like a drastic step. But, for those who are sick of that one room that’s always too hot or too cold, it’s a way to ensure that you’re comfortable in your entire home.
A ductless cooling and heating system is typically wall-mounted, and you can control the comfort for just that room. Consider this the final step if you’ve exhausted all other options for getting even cooling and heating in your home.
The above five tips can help resolve uneven cooling or heating problems in your home. If you live in Shreveport, Alexandria, or Monroe, LA, you should contact us at Southern Air Heating and Cooling to get the help of NATE-certified technicians.