Uneven temperatures are frustrating in your Bradenton, FL home, and they typically signify an issue that needs to be fixed. Once you find the cause, you can fix the problem, so you can save energy and maintain the comfort in your home all year round.
Change Your Air Filter
It’s important to check your air filter once a month during the peak seasons when your HVAC system is running around the clock. Your air filter is what protects your air quality and prevents dirt, dust, debris, and biological growth from continuously circulating through your home. When your air filter gets clogged, it’s detrimental to your air quality, your HVAC efficiency, and for heating or cooling your home.
When the air can’t get through the filter quickly, it tends to create hot and cold spots throughout your home. Replace or clean your air filter often, especially during the high seasons or if you notice uneven temperatures in your home. You will also be improving your air quality, which is beneficial, as well.
If one of your rooms is consistently a different temperature than the rest of the house, you might need more insulation in that room. Bonus rooms are especially susceptible to uneven cooling. However, a little extra insulation can go a long way in preventing uneven temperatures. If that room gets hotter during the summer, insulation can help prevent that extra heat from entering your house.
Weatherize or Seal Doors and Windows
Your doors and windows are responsible for a lot of the air that leaks in and out of your house. Air leaking in and out compromises the temperature in your home. If your doors and windows are old, check to make sure the seal around them is still tight and reseal if needed. You might want to consider upgrading to energy-efficient doors and windows to help prevent leaks.
Replace Your HVAC System
An HVAC system that is too big or too small for your house will often cause uneven temperatures or hot and cold spots in your house. If your HVAC system was already installed in your house, you might not know if the previous owners installed the right size. If the previous owners added an addition to your home, they might not have considered or calculated whether the current system could handle that capacity. Call your contractor to perform a load calculation to make sure your system is the correct size.
A newer system will make your home more comfortable and will save you money on utility bills. If your system is over 15 years old, it could be less than 10 SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio). Modern systems have a minimum 13 SEER. The improved efficiency will dramatically reduce your utility bills and provide even temperatures in your home, which is why you should consider upgrading your system sooner than later.
Check Your Air Vents
If you’re noticing uneven temperatures in your home, your air vents may be to blame. Walk through every room, or at least the rooms that feel different, and check that all the air vents are open. Even if you didn’t close them, that doesn’t mean a child or pet didn’t accidentally knock them closed. Make sure you’re also able to find the air vents in every room.
Seal Your Ducts
If you have leaky ducts, it could translate to uneven temperatures in your home. When air escapes through your ductwork, your air conditioner or heater can’t effectively stabilize the temperature. Leaky ducts are a big perpetrator behind hot or cold spots in your home and utility bill spikes.
Add a Ductless Mini-Split
If you’ve added a bonus room, or you have a room you use more often, such as a home office, consider adding a ductless mini-split. Mini-splits are also good if you have an undersized HVAC system you’re not ready to replace. They also work well when you just want to heat or to cool a specific room more than the rest of your house. It could be because you use it more or because it doesn’t maintain the same temperature as the rest of the house.
A ductless system is mounted on your wall and isn’t connected to your central air. You control it separately, so you don’t have to turn up the temperature in the whole house to control the temperature in that one room.
If you have uneven temperatures in your home, it’s a good idea to consult an expert who can offer the best solution. Our technicians are well trained when it comes to these issues, so don’t hesitate to call us to help you solve this problem.
If you are suffering from uneven temperatures in your home, we are the experts to call. Contact Climatic Conditioning Co. Inc. at (941) 758-3080 to schedule an appointment today.