Why Are Some Rooms Colder Than Others?
Few things are more frustrating than a massive temperature fluctuation in different rooms of your Newport home. You enter one room and feel like you need an extra sweater, while other spaces are warm and cozy. But rather than reach to turn up the thermostat and make other rooms feel like a sauna, it is best to get to the bottom of whatever is causing the variation in temperatures throughout your home. You can check and possibly correct several items on your own before it is time to call in the pros from Blue Ox Heating And Cooling for a professional evaluation.
Always Check The Filter First
Any time you notice a difference in the performance of your HVAC system, check the air filter first. A clogged air filter can result in poor airflow and imbalanced temperatures, as well as an increase in your utility bills or strange noises in your home. If the surface of the filter looks as fuzzy as the sweater you put on in your cold living room, replace it to see if that improves the airflow and temperature in your home.
Closing Doors Is Not A Solution
If you are closing doors to increase or decrease the temperature in your home, it is probably not working. In almost every case, when a homeowner closes off a room that is rarely used, it impacts the temperatures in other rooms because it alters the airflow and circulation throughout the house. The same is true of closing vents or registers in a room. The air coming to and from the ductwork is no longer balanced, causing the temperature to vary from room to room. A properly sized HVAC system was installed to heat and cool the entire house, so changing the size or venting will only have a negative impact.
Is The Space Leaking?
If you have a single room that is typically colder in the winter, are there any structural issues contributing to the temperature? For example, it could be windows with poor seals or single-paned, an outside door with an air gap, or less insulation in an exterior wall contributing to cooler temperatures. It is also possible that the lack of warm air in the room is due to a leak in the ductwork coming into the space.
Balancing The Air
Finally, your HVAC ductwork may have dampers designed to balance the airflow throughout your home’s ductwork. Often, there are small handles outside the ducts that open and close the dampeners to direct more air or less air to specific rooms or spaces. If you are unfamiliar with these devices or have not used them and would like professional assistance, the team at Blue Ox Heating And Air is here to provide their expertise in balancing the airflow in your home’s ductwork. These adjustments could provide a very cost-effective solution for that cold room.
Call 952-208-4570 today for expert advice and assistance in determining why the rooms in your Oak Park home have varying temperatures and how to correct the issue.