Now that it’s November, those unbearably cold winter months are just ahead of us. If you have noticed certain rooms in your home that are colder or warmer than others, get this fixed on your own so that every room in your home is comfortably equipped for this winter!
There are a few reasons why this could be happening and some things you can do so that warm and cold air is distributed evenly throughout your home. When the air is balanced, your systems will run more efficiently, which in turn will save you money on your bills.
The first think to check for is that all your air registers in your house are open. Air registers are the vents usually found on the floors in rooms or mounted on the very bottom of a wall. If you come across one that is not open, there should be a small lever that you can shift to open it. When an air vent is closed, that room will not receive any air and as a result the other rooms in your house will receive more causing the significant difference in temperatures.
After checking to ensure all your air registers are open, it’s time to consider the returning air registers. These registers are usually much larger and do not have a lever for opening and closing. It’s important to make sure your furniture isn’t blocking these registers, because this is where the system picks up the air to be heated or cooled.
If your air registers aren’t the problem, it could be your ductwork. A bent or a leak in a duct could cause the flow of air to be cut off in a particular room. In this case, you may need to bring a heating and cooling technician in to examine and possibly replace the ducts.
Other things you can try to regulate the temperature in your home include:
- Keeping the doors to rooms open for ventilation between them
- Vacuum air registers regularly so that dust doesn’t accumulate
- Open/close curtains to keep the cold/warm air in
- Install a ceiling fan to circulate the air