Maintaining a consistent temperature can prove to be a challenge as winter hangs around. 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 sure you’re keeping every area of your home comfortable during the chilly months, and month after month.
One of the most common things that people do when they realize a room is overly warm during the winter is shut the vents. Many modern homes use forced air systems, and closing off vents to adjust room temperature can cause the system to become overloaded and can negatively impact the performance of the system. Due to the way these systems work, blocking vents effects the way the system “breathes,” lowering your energy efficiency.
So what should you do to heat your home more evenly?
Make sure the area around your cold air return vents is clear
Your heating and cooling system doesn’t only push hot and cold air throughout your home, it also pulls out cold air to help attain a specific temperature. You want to keep these vents clear from obstructions so that your system can get rid of the cold air while giving you heat.
Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance
It’s talked about nonstop, and really can’t be said enough, but having routine maintenance done on 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 experts will work with you to boost your home comfort.
A Quick Switch
Depending on the arrangement of your home, some areas may have an easier time receiving and sustaining heat. One easy way you can evade this issue is by going to your thermostat and moving the fan setting from Auto to On. Making the adjustment allows your home’s air to continuously 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 ensure 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 an issue with uneven heating, give us a ring at 503-663-8033. Our experts are more than happy to work with you so you can experience the most comfortable version of your home.