When you set your thermostat to the desired temperature you expect your home to feel comfortable throughout. In winter months you expect your HVAC system to heat your home, in summer you rely on it for cooling. So why does it seem the heating/cooling is uneven inside your home? There are three areas you should pay attention to which could result in improved comfort and airflow throughout. Our Austin heating professionals offer the following tips.
We’ve said it hundreds of times and we will say it again: Replace your air filter. It is so important to replace your filter at least once every three months, more often if it becomes dirty or clogged. These filters clean the air that circulates through your home removing dust, dander, pollen, hair, and other particles. Air balance is often compromised when the filter becomes super dirty because it’s hard for your system to pull air through it. Your comfort will suffer, and your HVAC system will have to work harder which means unnecessary wear and tear.
Make sure vents aren’t blocked (or closed off.) Many homeowners close off vents in rooms that aren’t being used, but this isn’t a good idea. Closing off vents puts added strain on your system and interrupts proper airflow throughout your home. Also check to make sure vents aren’t blocked by furniture, curtains, or other items.
Repair any damage to the ductwork. Ducts are an integral component of your HVAC system and responsible for delivering conditioned air into your home. When your ducts have leaks or other damage issues, it results in uneven air distribution. You might notice that a room feels cooler or warmer (depending on the season) than other areas of your home. When a leak is present air goes into areas where you don’t need it such as beneath your home or into the attic. Having your ductwork repaired by a professional can save you a small fortune in energy costs.
Balancing the air inside your home isn’t that difficult and you will enjoy airflow that is consistent throughout. If you have noticed uneven or inconsistent temperatures in areas of your home and despite all your efforts continue to have problems, give our Austin heat and AC experts a call today!