Maintaining a consistent temperature can prove to be a challenge as winter settles. There are a variety 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 room of your home comfortable during the chilly months, and year-round.
One of the most common things that people do when they realize a room is too warm during the winter is close the vents. A lot of modern homes use forced air systems, and closing off vents to adjust room temperature can cause the system to become overloaded and can adversely effect the performance of the system. Due to the way these systems run, blocking 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 exclusively push hot and cold air throughout your home, it also pulls out cold air to help attain a specific temperature. You want to keep these vents clear from obstructions so that your system can get rid of the cold air while providing you with heat.
Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance
It’s preached nonstop, and really can’t be said enough, but having routine maintenance completed on your system can relieve a lot of headaches. Whether it’s a dirty filter that needs swapped out, or a larger concern with a circuit board, our pros will work with you to boost your home comfort.
A Quick Switch
Depending on the arrangement of your home, some parts may have an easier time receiving and retaining heat. One basic way you can get around this problem 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 make sure 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 know more about any of the tips above, or if you’ve run out of ideas and are still having trouble with uneven heating, give us a call at 815-410-1128. Our experts are more than happy to work with you so you can experience the most comfortable version of your home.