During the wintertime when the temperature drops and the furnace is humming away to keep your home nice and warm, do you notice a difference in temperature as you walk throughout your home? This uneven heating can make one room feel very uncomfortable in comparison to the next. Unfortunately, cranking the heat up even more can just end up increasing your utility costs, with little effect in improving that heat discrepancy. But luckily, there are some ways to combat this problem effectively. If your home has uneven heating, here are some simple solutions that you can try to keep each area throughout your home nice and cozy this winter.
Check and Clean the Air Vents
The air ducts and vents throughout your home can end up accumulating dust, debris, and pet dander rapidly. Since they’re the main artery for transporting heated air throughout your home, it’s important that they’re functioning optimally. If you’re noticing that a small amount of heat is coming from a vent, there could be a blockage somewhere within it. The ducts should be cleaned out regularly to minimize build up to allow the heat to distribute evenly. Having the ductwork inspected by a qualified HVAC technician can address any problems before the cold weather arrives.
Identify Air Leaks Around Windows
Windows can be a major culprit for causing uneven heating throughout your home. To check for air leaks, you can use an incense stick to move along the windowpane to see if the smoke begins to blow aggressively. This will indicate your problem areas. Once you’ve identified the areas that are allowing cold air to enter the home, weather stripping can be applied to seal them up. However, if the air leaks are significant and your windows are quite old, it could be necessary to replace the windows with more modern, energy efficient models.
Block Drafts Underneath the Front Door
In addition to the windows, your front door also endures the onslaught of winter weather – including those harsh, cold winds. So naturally, sharp drafts can easily enter your home here. The area underneath the door is often large enough to provide easy access to those sharp winds, which can significantly decrease the temperature in the surrounding area. Placing a “door snake” along the bottom of the door can help reduce this problem.
Install Insulation in the Attic
When was the last time that you checked out your attic? For most homeowners, the attic is an area that is generally ignored and forgotten. But the attic can also play a big role in uneven heating. Without sufficient insulation, you’re not getting the full benefit of your heating system. Adding insulation to the space can make a big difference and is worth considering.
You can help make each area of your home comfortable and warm this winter by reducing the common culprits that cause uneven heating. Try out some of the simple solutions, and contact Distinct Heating & Cooling to have your furnace inspected to ensure it can work efficiently at keeping your home warm this upcoming season.