We all have that one person in our family who is either always cold or always hot. They tinker with the thermostat constantly and wrap themselves in blankets, hats and mittens to let the rest of us know they are uncomfortable. While that person may have a different internal temperature that drives them to bundle up, other homeowners find that they have uneven heating or cooling problems that are causing the changes in temperature from room to room.
The most common reasons for temperature imbalances between floors or rooms in your home include:
- Uneven air flow between multi-level homes. (Heat does rise after all.) If your thermostat is on the first floor, it is only reading the temperature of that floor.
- Ductwork that is improperly sealed or isn’t the right size for your home.
- The heating or cooling system isn’t the right size for your home.
- Blocked registers that have been covered by furnishings could be stopping the flow of air.
- Air filters are dirty and are blocking air flow.
Some of these problems can be an easy fix: like moving furniture from a register or cleaning the air ducts. Here are two other remedies that may take a little more planning but can be a more permanent solution to your uneven heating and cooling issues.
- Zoning Systems – By adding a zoning system to your home, homeowners will be able to control the temperature independently from a thermostat placed on each floor or in different areas of the home. A properly designed zoned heating and cooling system can provide even and consistent temperature throughout all parts of the house. This is an energy efficient solution that will increase comfort and reduce utility bills because you have more control over the hearing and/or cooling of specific rooms. You wouldn’t control all of the lights in your home with one switch. Not only would that not be energy efficient, it wouldn’t make sense either. Zoning makes sense. More control allows you to save energy and equals more comfort. Simple as that.
- Ductless Systems – If you have rooms that are difficult to control the heat and air, or rooms that are part of an addition, an older home where you don’t have room for ductwork, then a ductless system may be a good fit for you. These smaller units without the ductwork can be easily mounted on the wall and connected to an outside unit. The homeowner can control the temperature independently in each room with a single or multi-split system that can be placed directly in the room(s) you are having difficulty with.
Morris Heating and Air Conditioning can examine the uneven heating and cooling in your home and suggest a solution that is right for your home and your budget. Call us today.