Maintaining a consistent temperature can prove to be a challenge as winter hangs around. There are a variety of factors that play in to evenly heating your home as well as things to think about doing, or not doing, to ensure you’re keeping every area of your home comfortable during the cold months, and month after month.
One of the most common things that people do when they realize a room is overly warm during the winter is close the vents. A lot of modern homes use forced air systems, and closing off vents to control room temperature can cause the system to become unbalanced and can adversely alter the performance of the system. Due to the way these systems operate, closing vents effects the way the system “breathes,” lowering your energy efficiency.
So what can you do to help make your home heat more evenly?
Ensure the area around your cold air return vents is clear
Your heating and cooling system doesn’t exclusively push hot and cold air throughout your home, it also gets rid of cold air to help reach a certain temperature. You want to keep these vents clear from obstructions so that your system can pull out the cold air while giving you heat.
Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance
It’s spoken of all the time, and really can’t be said enough, but having routine maintenance completed on your system can eliminate a lot of headaches. Whether it’s a dirty filter that needs swapped out, or a larger concern with a circuit board, our team will work with you to make your home as comfortable as it can be.
A Quick Switch
Depending on the design of your home, some areas may have an easier time receiving and sustaining heat. One easy way you can get around this issue is by going to your thermostat and switching the fan setting from Auto to On. Making the change allows your home’s air to always mix the air from all of the areas in your home, giving you a more even temperature. Of course these aren’t the only ways to ensure you’re getting the most out of your heating and cooling system, but if we wrote a blog on the endless number of ways you could heat your home more evenly, you’d be reading for a while. If you want to know more about any of the tips listed above, or if you’ve run out of ideas and are still having a problem with uneven heating, give us a call at 304-707-0600. Our pros are more than happy to work with you so you can experience the most comfortable version of your home.