A good heating and cooling system means your house will consistently be the perfect temperature, right? That’s not always the case. Even with the greatest HVAC system, you may notice that your home isn’t evenly heated or cooled—especially on the warmest and coolest Manassas days. That’s because there’s more that goes into the equation. Your registers, how you run your HVAC and other operator preferences can factor into the temperatures you feel throughout your space. The team at Air-Right Energy Design, Inc. are here to show you some things that you can adjust to more evenly heat and cool your home without needing heating and cooling service.
Check for Closed, Blocked, or Dirty Registers
Check your rooms for blocked registers and air returns that are covered by curtains or furniture, or that have acquired debris and dirt dust and dirt on them. Blocked registers can be the culprit for uneven heating and cooling. If a register is blocked, heated or cooled air will be redirected to other rooms leaving certain rooms at unwanted temperatures.
Make Sure You Have Enough Insulation
If your home is lacking insulation in the attic, you may be losing heated air in the winter and permitting hot outside air in during the summer through the top of your home. A poorly or incorrectly insulated attic could end with major temperature differences on separate levels of your home. Look to see if you have sufficient insulation and that it’s the right kind of insulation for your type of home and the environment in Manassas.
Keep Your HVAC’s Fan Running
Many people keep their HVAC fan set to “Auto” and think this means the fan will only run when it’s needed. What truly happens is that the fan only runs when the heating or cooling kicks on. By putting your fan in the “On” position, you can help keep heated and cooled air circulating throughout your home at all times and, therefore, keep the temperature more steady throughout your house.
Check Your Home and Your Ducts for Leaks
For ducts that have leaks or holes in them, they could signify trouble for your HVAC system. They’ll have to operate harder to do their job, and some rooms could end up cooler or warmer than other areas. The same is true for air leaks by windows and doors in certain rooms. Luckily, repairing most air leaks is a simple process.
Consider a Zoning System
Another thing you can do to improve how evenly your home is heated and cooled is have your existing HVAC system zoned. It’s absolutely more of a long-term project and a greater investment than other methods of heating and cooling your home evenly, but it gives you ultimate control. If you are interested in more information about zoning options for your home, Air-Right Energy Design, Inc. can help.
If you have more questions about how to more evenly heat or cool your home, call us at 703-260-1148. Or, if you think you may require heating and cooling service, we can be of help.