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What’s Causing Uneven Home Heating?

Posted by Warner Service on Sep 26, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Breaking News: You could be wasting hundreds of dollars every year because of uneven cooling and heating in your home.

Have you noticed that some rooms in your home feel warmer than others? That’s the culprit for wasted money on energy bills. 

Most of us know that hot air rises, which naturally causes some uneven home heating. However, significant temperature disparities can lead to excess costs and a shorter lifespan of your HVAC system. This means that your comfort and wallet are negatively impacted by your home's inefficiencies.

Here's your solution:

  1. Blocked Or Closed VentilationIf you notice that one particular room won't get warm, this could be a sign of poor air circulation. The first step is to locate all of the room's air vents. Once this is done, ensure all of the vents are opened and clear of furniture.

    HVAC System Tip: Don't attempt to manually close off vents to focus heating in one or a couple rooms. This puts unnecessary stress on your heating system.
  1. Furnace Issue.Your furnace plays a huge role in efficiently heating your home. While annual furnace maintenance is important, minor changes can also improve uneven home heating.

    One example is a dirty furnace filter, which restricts the amount of air circulating your home. This could lead to rooms not receiving enough air to properly heat.

    It’s best to make sure your furnace is properly sized for your home’s heating needs. A furnace that's too big or too small can lead to heating problems.

    For example, a furnace that's too big for your home won't be able to properly remove humidity because it's constantly turning on and off. A unit that's too small is unable to circulate the necessary air.

  2. Air Stratification. As mentioned earlier, science sets HVAC up to fail when it comes to heating and cooling our homes. Since warm air rises, rooms at the top of your home are naturally warmer than your basement.

    However, a few HVAC maintenance tips can reduce the impact of this heating problem.

    Set the fan to "on", not "auto" to reduce the energy being used to reach a comfortable temperature on the lower floors. You can also use destratification fans, which are commonly found mounted in rooms with high ceilings. In essence, these fans force the rising hot air down to those on the ground level.

  3. Faulty Air Ducts. Air ducts are the highways of our homes, allowing air to filter room to room. Like a hole in a road, a crack or hole in your air duct can lead to heating problems.

    For example, a crack means that warm air could be escaping (or leaking) before it reaches its destination. As a result, you'll notice uneven heating in those rooms.

    HVAC System Tip: If you've recently had a renovation in your home, check the ductwork. Sometimes, the duct lines can be disconnected during these projects.

  4. Insufficient Insulation. This is especially concerning in older homes. Without proper insulation, it won't matter how great your HVAC system is.

    Insulation keeps heat from escaping through unnoticed nooks and crannies. With shoddy insulation, heat escapes through windows, door frames, the attic, and walls.

    Colder rooms are the greatest concern because they're likely weak in insulation. It's widely recommended that insulation is checked annually. If it's been a couple years, consider having a professional take a look.

Hopefully this has given you comfort, knowing what’s causing your uneven cooling and heating.

If you’re still scrambling for a solution, call Warner Service to look at your unit. We'll also offer advice on which of our 
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