Keeping your home a consistent temperature can prove to be a challenge as winter settles. There are a variety of factors that play in to evenly heating your home as well as things to consider doing, or not doing, to ensure you’re keeping every area of your home comfortable during the winter months, and year-round.
One of the most common things that people do when they realize a room is too warm during the winter is close off the vents. Most modern homes use forced air systems, and closing off vents to adjust room temperature can cause the system to become overloaded and can negatively alter the performance of the system. Due to the way these systems work, closing vents effects the way the system “breathes,” decreasing your energy efficiency.
So what should you do to heat your home more evenly?
Confirm 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 set temperature. You want to keep these vents clear from obstructions so that your system can remove the cold air while providing you with heat.
Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance
It’s spoken of constantly, and really can’t be said enough, but having routine maintenance scheduled for your system can get rid of a lot of headaches. Whether it’s a dirty filter that needs replacing, or a larger issue with a circuit board, our pros will work with you to get your home back to its most comfortable state.
A Quick Switch
Depending on the design of your home, some parts may have an easier time receiving and retaining heat. One easy way you can get around this concern is by going to your thermostat and changing the fan setting from Auto to On. Making the change allows your home’s air to constantly mix the air from all of the areas 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 call at 239-244-3439. Our pros are more than happy to work with you so you can experience the most comfortable version of your home.