How to Deal With Temperature Variations in Your Home
Do you walk into a room of your home only to feel like it is considerably colder in that room? Have you noticed one room in your home is warmer than the other rooms in your home? Each room in your home should be the exact same temperature as every other room in your home. This is, of course, assuming that the ductwork in your home is installed properly. If you are experiencing temperature deviations in the rooms of your home, chances are you have an issue with your ductwork.
Ductwork that is properly installed will provide each room of your house with the right amount of warm or cold air. Your ductwork will have different sized branches that the air will be forced through. The size of the ductwork will depend on how big the room is. The bigger that a room is, the larger the ductwork needs to be. It has to be different sizes because of furnaces, no matter the type, push out the same amount of air. To create evenly heated or cooled air, the furnace must go through the ductwork. If you have rooms that take too long to heat or cool, you will need to fix the issue as soon as possible.
How to Fix A Cold or Too Warm Room
If you are wondering how to fix a cold room, you should at first check out the vents in the cold room. In some cases, a piece of furniture may be blocking the vent. If this is the case, try to find somewhere else for the furniture. You should never block off an air vent. You will also want to check to see if the vent itself is closed. If you have just purchased the house or have small kids, oftentimes the vent can become closed. When the vent is closed, the air in the ductwork goes elsewhere into the home.
Dirty Air Vents and Filters
Another reason for a cold room could be that your HVAC system is dirty. Your air vents may be extremely dirty as are your filters. Read up on your HVAC system to see when the manufacturer recommends the filter to be replaced. Commonly, it is replaced monthly. This is especially true if you have a lot of traffic going through your home as well as allergy season. It is also a good idea to consider occasional duct cleaning and regular HVAC preventive maintenance to prevent bad airflow.
If you feel cold drafts around your windows, you are losing heat in the winter. Even if you don’t feel a draft, you may have air leakage around your windows. Inspect around the frames of each window for cracks and gaps or deteriorating caulking, rotting wood and cracked or missing glass. Older, single-pane windows may need to be replaced. Updating to double-pane windows will also lower your winter heating bill.
If you are experiencing cold rooms as well as hot rooms, your ductwork is more than likely leaking. Leaking ductwork can happen naturally from your house settling, general wear and tear, and animals bumping into the ductwork. The issue could also be that your ductwork was not sealed properly. When ductwork leaks, the flow of air is interrupted. You will not get adequate air into every room in your home leading to cold or warm spots.
To answer the question on how to fix a cold room, you must hire an HVAC professional that can investigate and determine the problem. A licensed HVAC professional will be able to inspect your ductwork to see if it is leaking or not. If it is leaking air, they will be able to fix the issue in a short amount of time. They will also be able to determine any other issues that may be going on with your system. If you are having a problem with cold rooms or too warm rooms, please call us today. We are ready to help make sure that your home is a comfortable temperature throughout.