As we settle into summer, have you noticed that in some parts of your home you’re perfectly comfortable, but in others, you can’t stop sweating? A lack of air balancing is a common problem that leads to hot and cold spots in homes all year round. Not only is this uncomfortable, but it can also lead to reduced energy efficiency and higher energy bills.
If you’re tired of dealing with hot and cold spots in your home, we’re here to show you how to avoid them. These tips will help your HVAC system run optimally so you can enjoy energy savings too.
Adjust the Registers
Your registers direct the airflow into your home, and adjusting the damper blade is a simple yet effective way to implement air balancing in your home. Finding the perfect adjustment might take a few tries, but restricting airflow at different levels in different rooms can help reduce or eliminate hot and cold spots.
If you have a two-story home, during the summer, you should open registers on the upper floor all the way, and partially close registers on the lower level or basement. Reverse this process during winter months. Never close any registers completely, as that may cause issues with your HVAC system.
Keep Your Filters Clean
Clean air filters ensure that airflow through your HVAC system is working properly, so routinely cleaning your air filters can help with air balancing. Plus, clean air filters can reduce your energy consumption by 5 to 15%, and has other benefits too.
Implement a 2 Degree Offset
A difference of 2 degrees might not seem like a lot. But, if you have a two-story home and more than one thermostat, implementing a 2-degree offset can do more than you might think for air balancing. During the summer try setting your first floor thermostat to 74 degrees, and your second floor thermostat to 72 degrees to help reduce hot and cold spots. Reverse the 2 degree offset during the winter.
As a general rule of thumb since heat rises, your second floor should be set to a cooler temperature.
Don’t Block Vents
It’s easy to forget your vents are there and block them with furniture. But for proper airflow that prevents hot and cold spots in your home, your vents must be unobstructed. Take a look around your home and check all the vents. Remove furniture, carpeting, curtains, or anything else obstructing vents.
Use Window Coverings
During the summer, about 76% of the sunlight that falls on a standard window enters the home as heat. During the winter, about 30% of heating energy is lost to windows. Not only does implementing proper window coverings save on energy costs, but it also enhances air balancing in your home.
During the summer, blinds, drapes, shades, etc. can keep the sun out, helping reduce hot spots and putting less stress on your air conditioner. During the winter, using insulated window coverings can reduce cold spots, and keep the heat in your home.
Keep Electronics Away From Thermostats
Heat generating appliances and electronics like TVs, computers, lamps, and more can trick your thermostat into thinking a room is hotter than it is. An inaccurate thermostat reading leads to uncomfortable and uneven temperatures around your home. On top of making temperature uneven in your home, keeping electronics near thermostats will make your air conditioner run excessively.
Check Your Ducts
If the hot and cold spots in your home are persistent, then you might have a problem with your ductwork. Your ducts may have been improperly installed, or the problem might be that ducts need to be cleaned, or cracks and leaks need to be sealed. Have a local HVAC professional take a look at your ducts and get everything in working order.
Have Your System’s Blower Fan Speeds Adjusted
Adjusting your HVAC systems blower fan speed can help with air balancing and keeping your home comfortable, but it can be a bit complicated. This process involves disconnecting from power, finding the blower motor and wiring, identifying the speed wires and making proper adjustments before testing the HVAC system. If you’re not experienced with this process, it’s best to hire a professional HVAC technician to help.
Add Another Air Handler
Your HVAC systems air handler is what pushes cool and warm air through the system, and most HVAC units only have one. Adding another air handler, especially if you have a large or two-story home can help with airflow to keep your home comfortable.
Zoning Your Home
An excellent way to avoid hot and cold spots in your home is by zoning. Instead of using one thermostat to control the temperature throughout your home, zoning your home uses multiple thermostats. Multiple thermostats allow for the perfect temperature adjustment, leading to optimal comfort and energy savings.
Home Comfort with AirXperts
Air balancing not only keeps your home comfortable year-round, but it has other benefits too. Air balancing leads to better indoor air quality, energy efficiency, a longer lifespan for your HVAC system, lower electricity bills, and optimized system performance.
While there are some DIY methods that we mentioned for air balancing, if you need more help, we’re always here. From room by room load calculations to duct maintenance, we can help keep your home comfortable year-round. For air balancing, and all your HVAC needs, contact AirXperts today!