Keeping your home a consistent temperature can prove to be a challenge as winter settles. There are a number of factors that play in to evenly heating your home as well as things to think about doing, or not doing, to ensure you’re keeping every corner of your home comfortable during the winter months, and year-round.
One of the most common things that people do when they realize a room is too hot during the winter is shut the vents. A lot of modern homes use forced air systems, and closing off vents to regulate room temperature can cause the system to become imbalanced and can negatively impact the performance of the system. Due to the way these systems run, closing vents effects the way the system “breathes,” reducing your energy efficiency.
So how can you heat your home more evenly?
Ensure the area around your cold air return vents is clear
Your heating and cooling system doesn’t strictly push hot and cold air throughout your home, it also removes cold air to help attain a set temperature. You want to keep these vents clear from obstructions so that your system can remove the cold air while providing you with heat.
Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance
It’s talked about constantly, and really can’t be said enough, but having routine maintenance done on your system can eliminate a lot of headaches. Whether it’s a dirty filter that needs changing, or a larger issue with a circuit board, our team will work with you to make your home as comfortable as it can be.
A Quick Switch
Depending on the design of your home, some areas may have an easier time receiving and retaining heat. One easy way you can evade this concern is by going to your thermostat and switching the fan setting from Auto to On. Making the switch allows your home’s air to constantly mix the air from all of the areas in your home, giving you a more even temperature. Of course these aren’t the only ways to know that 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 above, or if you’ve run out of ideas and are still having a problem with uneven heating, give us a shout at 309-517-7511. Our pros are more than happy to work with you so you can experience the most comfortable version of your home.