Although we all live in different climatic conditions, temperature imbalances in the house are a common occurrence especially when a new season is starting. Despite the central heating or cooling in the house, the problem still might persist. You might notice this if the temperature is perfectly alright in one room while another room feels like walking into a glacier.
Chances are that the temperature imbalance isn’t a problem, but probably a symptom of something bigger. Digging deep into the matter, we reached out to the HVAC experts at National Air Warehouse, and there are 5 primary issues they believe could be causing your temperature imbalance.
Your heating or cooling system might be working perfectly alright yet some rooms are too hot, while others are too cold. The leaky duct-work is to blame for that. As much as 30% of the total airflow can be lost owing to the leaks, especially major ones like loose joints in the duct-work.
Solution: Getting the duct-work repaired relieves off the additional pressure being exerted on the furnace in order to produce more cooling. Rooms located farther from the furnace also get sufficient cooling balancing the temperature imbalance.
Some rooms might be poorly insulated than the others or have more windows than others which might be the culprit for the temperature imbalance. The cool/warm air being constantly produced isn’t retained by your room and all you get is high bills and a worn out system.
Solution: Investing in an insulation system that’s has received good ratings and positive customer responses is essential since your cooling/heating system and insulation system go hand in hand. Insulation doesn’t always have to be pricey.
Cellulose, foam and fiberglass insulation are some cost effective ways to insulate your rooms temporarily to prevent heating/cooling loss.
Out of Date Thermostat
The biggest problem with thermostats is that they’re only going to work where they’re installed. If your thermostat is located in the bedroom, the system will shut down as soon as the room reached the pre-set temperature, while other rooms may not even be close to the temperature.
Solution: Time to invest in smart thermostat systems. Smart thermostat systems allow you to adjust the temperature of all rooms from anywhere. Yes anywhere, even if you’re not at home via your smartphones. With sensors installed, the thermostat works differently for different rooms without overrunning your system. All of that with bill savings up to $180 a year!
Double Story Housing
Upper story rooms are definitely hotter in summers and cooler in winters than the ground floor. Therefor a single HVAC system may not be sufficient to set a single temperature.
Solution: One can either install a separate HVAC system for both floors or install a zoning system. With room zoning systems, you can control temperatures for both floors independently. How does this work? The dampers installed inside the duct-work open and close to achieve the set temperature.
These dampers can also be shut off for rooms that are not in use currently, saving you big when it comes to utility bills.
Running a quick look at all the vents in your house can also help you to spot the problem. A sofa, bed or furniture item may be blocking the air coming in from the vents. If you happen to have a pet in your house, the vents can get blocked over the passage of time with pet hair, debris and dust.
Solution: You can either do this yourself or simply call a professional to do it for you. While you might only be able to access the outer area, professional vent cleaners can do a thorough cleanup, definitely improving the overall performance of your cooling/heating system.