Ensuring your home is a consistent temperature can prove to be a challenge as winter settles. There are a number of factors that play in to evenly heating your home as well as things to consider doing, or not doing, to make certain you’re keeping every area of your home comfortable during the chilly months, and year after year.
One of the most common things that people do when they realize a room is overly warm during the winter is shut the vents. Most modern homes use forced air systems, and closing off vents to regulate room temperature can cause the system to become unbalanced and can negatively effect the performance of the system. Due to the way these systems run, blocking vents effects the way the system “breathes,” lowering your energy efficiency.
So how can you heat your home more evenly?
Make sure the area around your cold air return vents is clear
Your heating and cooling system doesn’t strictly push hot and cold air throughout your home, it also removes cold air to help reach a specific temperature. You want to keep these vents clear from obstructions so that your system can remove the cold air while giving you heat.
Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance
It’s spoken of constantly, and really can’t be said enough, but having routine maintenance done on your system can eliminate a lot of headaches. Whether it’s a dirty filter that needs replacing, or a larger concern with a circuit board, our team will work with you to get your home back to its most comfortable state.
A Quick Switch
Depending on the layout of your home, some areas may have an easier time receiving and sustaining heat. One simple way you can avoid this problem is by going to your thermostat and moving the fan setting from Auto to On. Making the adjustment allows your home’s air to constantly mix the air from all of the rooms in your home, giving you a more even temperature. Of course these aren’t the only ways to make sure 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 learn more about any of the tips listed above, or if you’ve run out of ideas and are still having trouble with uneven heating, give us a ring at 319-208-3295. Our specialists are more than happy to work with you so you can experience the most comfortable version of your home.