If you live in a home with more than one story, you’re probably familiar with uneven cooling. It’s a common problem for houses with multiple levels and can be easy to fix, depending on the cause. To help you get comfortable temperatures no matter what floor you’re on, Spoor’s Heating & Air Conditioning has some tips for fixing uneven cooling.
When solving the issue on your own isn’t an option, we offer HVAC repair, maintenance, and other services to keep your AC working just right.
Check Air Vents
Blocked or closed air vents can prevent a room from being adequately cooled, causing the air to become stagnant and stuffy. If you walk into a space and notice this shift, check to ensure that all air vents are in the open position. There should be at least 18 inches between an air vent and any furniture or other blockage. If a tall bookcase is right under your vent or a couch is sitting in front of it, there may not be enough space to disperse cold air. The vents might also be blocked from accumulated dirt or debris. You can vacuum around the vent itself, but a professional AC company should handle deeper duct cleaning.
Switch From Auto To On
Another easy thing to do yourself is to turn your HVAC system from “auto” to “on.” If you have a more updated thermostat interface, you can turn the fan setting to be on all of the time. Check your user manual for specific instructions for your model or schedule an appointment with an HVAC technician. When your system is set to auto, the cooling and fan will turn off once a specific area in your house has reached the set temperature. Having your fan always on better circulates air in your home’s upper levels and won’t add too much to your monthly utility bill.
Add Attic Insulation
Insulation is doubly efficient at moderating temperatures in your home. It can help keep cold air in and hot air out during the summer and do the opposite in winter. Insulation in the attic is especially important for two reasons. The first is because the attic is the uppermost part of your home’s interior and is being hit directly by the sun’s heat during the day. Also, because hot air rises, temperatures in your attic are already likely to be warmer. Ensuring that the attic is properly insulated means that the temperatures in upper rooms stay more consistent.
Install A Ductless Mini Split
A ductless split system gives you greater control over how rooms are cooled or heated and can be a cost-effective solution if you have an older HVAC system. Ductless mini splits are easy to install and can provide additional benefits over traditional HVAC systems, such as improved air quality, quiet operation, and less energy requirements. It also completely bypasses the need for ducts, which are prone to leaks that might also contribute to uneven cooling and reduced HVAC efficiency.
Schedule An Air Duct Inspection
Air ducts can become blocked or partially blocked by dirt and debris built up over the years. They can also be prone to tears and holes that allow passing air to escape into your home’s walls, rather than the rooms that need cooling. A professional HVAC technician can clean your air ducts and inspect and repair leaks. To prevent uneven cooling problems, contact Spoor’s Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule routine HVAC maintenance.