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Why Are Rooms Too Cold Or Too Hot?

Why Are Rooms Too Cold Or Too Hot?

Solving uneven temperatures in the home

Thermostat

Inconsistent cooling is one of the most common reasons homeowners contact us for AC service. When some rooms in a house are too hot while others are too cold, it’s typically a sign that the home’s air delivery system is not working correctly. Simply closing or opening vents or adjusting the thermostat will usually not solve the problem. It will only waste energy and can shorten the lifespan of your air conditioner.

Here are a few things that you can do to address uneven cooling in your home.

Have Your Home’s Duct Work Inspected

When airflow to certain parts of the home is imbalanced, you’ll experience uneven cooling. Is your air conditioner running more often or longer than usual? An airflow imbalance can also cause your system to work overtime in order to compensate, which in turn can shorten your system’s lifespan and decrease its efficiency.

In order to create a balanced airflow Hickey Plumbing, Air and Electric can inspect your home’s duct work to look for leaks, undersized venting, and other air delivery problems. If the duct work is not properly sized, it’s important to replace with correctly sized ducts.

Identifying leaks and blockages is also important, as leaks are a major contributor to inefficiency and uneven temperatures. Once the underlying causes of the imbalance have been identified, the appropriate repairs or replacement will be made to get your system functioning normally again.

Variable Speed Fans and Zoning

New air conditioners use variable speed motors to provide more even heating and cooling by allowing for more precise control of the airflow throughout the home. Variable speed fans can also be helpful in situations when there are rooms in your home that are rarely used. This involves “zoning” the space to provide separate temperature settings for different areas of the home. In general, variable speed motors are the only systems that allow for zoning within the home. You’ll save money and improve comfort by controlling the temperature in each space individually.

Is Your Air Conditioning System Sized Correctly?

Just as you’re experiencing discomfort due to uneven temperatures, your system is constantly trying to compensate, resulting in higher utility bills. An improperly sized HVAC system can result in uneven heating and cooling and wasted energy. When a central heating and cooling system is installed a load calculation is made to determine the air volume in the home. This data is used to calculate the right size AC and furnace for your home.

If new additions have been added to the home, the HVAC system may no longer be sufficient to heat and cool the entire home. To determine whether your HVAC system is properly sized, contact Hickey Plumbing, Air and Electrical for an up-to-date load calculation.