Englewood AC: Causes and Solutions to Uneven Cooling at Home

Causes and Solutions to Uneven Cooling at Home

Do you have rooms in your house that are much cooler than others? According to USA TODAY, it could be a sign that you need a new HVAC unit. But there are also other causes of uneven cooling with simpler solutions than replacing your HVAC system.

An understanding of what may be causing your uneven home cooling problem is the first step in getting it resolved. Here’s what you need to know.

Uneven Cooling: Causes and Solutions

You can address some of these issues yourself, but some will require a professional. Either way, an HVAC technician can perform an audit to pinpoint the problem and either fix it for you or point you in the right direction.

Ductwork Issues

Leaks in your ductwork could be preventing cool air from getting to some parts of your house, making some rooms feel much colder than others. An HVAC technician can inspect your ductwork and seal any leaks.

You might also have the wrong size ductwork for your home, which isn’t ideal for your uneven cooling problem or your HVAC system. Once again, only an inspection can determine if your ductwork is the problem.

Insufficient Insulation

Rooms that get too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter may not be adequately insulated. Replacing insulation will not only help correct the uneven cooling in your home, but it will also help keep energy bills lower. Replacing insulation is a service many HVAC companies provide.

Clogged Air Filter

Many homeowners don’t realize how inefficiently their HVAC unit runs when the filter gets clogged. This inefficiency can lead to temperature imbalances.

While you still should have a technician evaluate your HVAC system and ductwork, you can start with a clean filter to see if this helps the problem.

Airflow Needs Balancing

First, make sure none of your air vents are blocked by furniture or covered by curtains. Then you can try some DIY air balancing. Air balancing simply involves making minor adjustments to the vents in each room to see if you can improve airflow.

Some of your air supply ducts may have dampers that can be adjusted. Turning the damper lever so that the disk is flat provides maximum airflow. Turning it so that the disc is upright prevents airflow.

You can also get your air balanced by an AC professional. They will take measurements and perform tests to determine how to adjust airflow best.

Uneven Cooling: Get Your Home Inspected

If you’re experiencing uneven cooling in your home, check the air filter and try adjusting the vents. But also have a technician inspect your HVAC system to pinpoint the temperature control problem.

You might find some simple HVAC maintenance or ductwork repair is all that is needed. However, if the problem is the HVAC unit itself, it is better to find out before the system completely dies.

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