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Why Is My Home Unevenly Heated?

An uneven temperature in the house is a widespread problem, with most people having freezing basements and/or too hot bedrooms. It usually happens, even if all the vents are blocked, there is proper insulation, and the heating and cooling units are functioning properly. The problem is usually more pronounced in January and July when the cold and hot weather is a little extreme, and it can be frustrating or too costly to fix. Regardless, you should not settle for the discomfort in your own home.

What are the reasons for uneven temperatures in a home?

Learning how to distribute heat in the house can prevent uneven heating in the house, and it starts with knowing what causes the unevenness.

Blocked air ducts

Air ducts can be filled with dirt, dust, and other debris like hair, which can reduce the quality of air in the house. Cleaning by qualified professionals is usually enough to restore the ductwork to its original state.

If the air ducts are leaking, warm air is lost as it travels through, which means the heat will not reach some rooms. Inspection and repair can solve this issue.

Poor insulation

Thin or old insulation wastes energy by making it harder for air to be contained within the house, making it impossible for the temperatures to be regulated. The insulation in the attic is the most crucial because hot air rises faster. Windows that are not sealed can also cause the same problems by allowing outside air to pass through.

Home structure

The rooms facing south naturally tend to be warmer than those in the south. Homes with multiple levels are also a little more difficult to heat than single levelled ones. The hot air that rises mostly warms up the upper rooms, which is why it is common to have very cold basements. However, the right architectural features can make the heating more even.

A wrong HVAC system

Choosing the right size of the furnace for your home is crucial when figuring out how to fix your heater in your house because a smaller one will not supply enough heat in a big house. The size should not interfere with efficiency either. It can be big enough without losing energy efficiency and high performance. Replacing or upgrading the one you have may be the best solution.

Fixing uneven heating problems in a home

Adjusting the air vents

Sometimes vents are blocked by furniture, which ends up changing the direction of the airflow. A buildup of debris like pet hair and dust can also cause interference. Closing some vents to redirect air, vacuuming the register, and placing the furniture strategically are all good solutions to this problem. They will allow air in the vents to pass through the path of least resistance, which is where the vents are open.

Leaving the fan on

Instead of leaving the furnace fan on AUTO, try the ON status. It will allow the furnace to continue circulating air, even if the heating cycle is complete. With the auto setting, the air will stop circulating as soon as the heating stops. It is important to note that this option will slightly increase your monthly energy bill , but the kind of comfort you get makes it worthwhile.

Inspection and cleaning of air ducts

Maintenance is one of the best options  for even out temperature in the house because it ensures the heating systems work optimally without consuming too much energy. By regularly cleaning and inspecting the air ducts, you stop leaking and prevent the possibility of the same happening in the future.

Installing a smart thermostat

A smart thermostat will automatically schedule how the temperature changes during the day, allow remote control of the furnace and give you a clear picture of how your home absorbs and releases heat throughout the day.

Using a zoning system

The best solution for 3 zone heating system problems is a zoning system, which allows the setting of different temperatures in various rooms for better control. With this option, the entire house does not rely on one thermostat to control the whole HVAC system.

There can be multiple thermostats, one for each zone, and they will control dampers  installed in the ductwork. The kind of energy efficiency and heating evenness that zoning provides makes it the most effective solution for uneven heating problems. For more information, feel free to call Air Makers.

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