If you need to strip down to your t-shirt in your living room to stay cool and put on a sweater to stay warm in your bedroom, you could have air balancing issues. When the airflow through your house is uneven, cold and hot spots are created.
Hot and cold spots are more than just frustrating and uncomfortable, they often lead to higher utility costs. Hage Energy, your furnace repair service in Houston, offers tips to avoid hot and cold spots in your home.
Check for Drafts
If your home is centrally cooled and heated, you need to ensure that no outside air can leak inside. This means you need to check to see if your house is properly sealed.
The biggest culprits are going to be your windows and doors, so check them for cracks and gaps that could be leaking air. If you find any leaks, seal them yourself or enlist the help of a professional.
Open and Close Registers as Necessary
Registers often have a damper blade that can be easily opened or closed. Any movement in these blades will impact airflow. But it is important to remember to never close the vents completely as this could result in problems with your HVAC unit.
The best practice is to partially close vents in hot rooms for maximum comfort.
You should have your ceiling fans at maximum speed in the summer. This disperses the warm air that rises to the top and allows cool air to take its place.
In the winter, switch your ceiling fans to the lowest speed as this will allow the even distribution of warm air throughout the room.
Over 75% of the sunlight that beams in through your windows transforms into heat. Uncovered windows will warm your house very quickly. In the summer, it is best to cover up your windows with drapes or blinds.
In the winter, leave the drapes open during the day and close them in the evening when the sun goes down.
Check Your Filters
Clean filters will endure that airflow is not obstructed by dust, dirt and debris.
Check the Vents
Sometimes furniture can be the blame for hot and cold spots in your home. If a bed, chair or couch has been placed over a vent, it is likely absorbing the heat or cool air coming out of that vent. This creates hot and cold spots depending on the season.
Check to see if there is any furniture blocking the vents.
Electronic equipment creates a lot of heat and it can affect your comfort. The distribution of heat can change with the addition of a computer and big-screen television. In addition, electronics placed too close to the thermostat can cause an inaccurate reading.
And damage or defects in your ducts can cause problems with airflow. Out of balance airflow will cause hot and cold spots.
If you need solutions to your home’s hot and cold spots, give Hage Energy a call.