What is Causing Uneven Temperatures? (It May Not be Your Furnace)
Several homeowners have found themselves in a position where at least one room in their home simply will not get to the same temperature as those in the rest of the house. If you have tried everything possible to keep your whole family comfortable and you simply cannot get it right, there are a few factors that could be causing this, some of which will be mentioned here.
- Leaking Ductwork
Ductwork that has not been correctly sealed or that is starting to come apart due to old age can result in as much as 30% of the heat generated by your furnace being lost. Even the smallest leak will have a tremendous impact on the ability of your furnace to keep your home warm. Large leaks have the ability to completely eliminate the flow of warm air to rooms furthest away from your furnace.
- An Incorrectly Sized Furnace or Ductwork
If your home’s ductwork or furnace is too small, you won’t be able to get the airflow that is needed in all parts of the building. This will not only result in some family members either sweltering or shivering; over time, it will cause serious damage to your furnace unit as well. For instance, during winter, poor flow of air can result in the furnace overheating and can damage the furnace heat exchanger. In summer, the air conditioning evaporator coil can freeze damaging both the air conditioner and the furnace blower motor.
- Affected Rooms are Far from the Furnace
Rooms that are the furthest away from your furnace will, unfortunately, receive less conditioned air than the rest of the house. This can result in people feeling cooler or warmer than in other rooms in the house.
- Thermostats Work the Best in Rooms They are Installed in
Thermostats do the best job of heating the room they are installed in. For example, if yours is in your bedroom, the entire system will turn off when that room reaches the pre-set temperature. This takes place regardless of whether the other parts of your home have reached the same temperature.
- Insufficient Insulation
Although this is commonly seen in older properties, many newer homes have also been found to be poorly insulated. If your home isn’t able to retain cool air or heat, you will spend more to keep the temperature inside comfortable throughout the year.
- Room-related Factors
The location of rooms, as well as the amount and size of windows in the rooms, will also affect the temperature. If you live in a particularly cold or warm area, the size and number of windows in the room as well as how the windows are sealed will have an effect on the temperature of that room.
If you have been struggling to heat or cool your whole home evenly, it may be time to have an energy audit and/or a furnace system inspection performed. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our technicians.
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