A good HVAC system means your home will constantly be the perfect temperature, right? That’s not always the case. Even with the greatest HVAC system, you may find that your house isn’t evenly heated or cooled—especially on the coldest and hottest the Bay Area days. That’s because there’s more that goes into the equation. Your registers, how your household your HVAC and other user preferences can influence the temperatures you feel throughout your house. The pros at Contra Costa Heating & AC are here to share 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 home for blocked registers and air returns that are covered by objects, or that have accumulated dust and dirt on them. Blocked registers can be a cause uneven heating and cooling. If a register is blocked, the warm or cool air will be redirected to other rooms leaving certain rooms at unwanted temperatures.
Make Sure You Have Enough Insulation
If your home doesn’t have sufficient insulation in the attic, you may be losing heated air during the winter and letting hot outside air through the summer through the top of your home. A poorly or inadequately insulated attic could result in major temperature differences on various levels of your home. Make sure you have enough insulation and that it’s the correct kind of insulation for your house and the environment in the Bay Area.
Keep Your HVAC’s Fan Running
Lots of people keep their HVAC fan set to “Auto” and assume that this means the fan will only run when required. What actually happens is that the fan only runs when the heating or cooling kicks on. By keeping your fan in the “On” position, you can help keep cooler and warmer air circulating throughout your home consistently and, therefore, keep the temperature more even throughout your house.
Check Your Home and Your Ducts for Leaks
For ducts that have leaks or holes in them, they could indicate trouble for your HVAC system. They’ll have to operate harder to do their job, and some rooms might end up hotter or colder than other parts of the house. The same is true for air leaks by windows and doors in certain rooms. Luckily, repairing most air leaks is is fairly easy.
Consider a Zoning System
Another thing you can do to fix 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 larger investment than other approaches of heating and cooling your home evenly, but it gives you ultimate control. If you are interested in more information about zoning possibilities for your home, Contra Costa Heating & AC can assist.
If you have more questions about evenly cooling or heating your home, call us at 510-343-9841. Or, if you believe you may require heating and cooling service, we can certainly walk you through our services.