Hot and Cold: Why is the Temperature in my Home So Uneven?

As seasons change so do the temperatures in your home, the place where you like to relax, or plan celebrations year-round.  However, it is hard to enjoy these things when the temperature in your home isn’t comfortable.  If you’re experiencing uneven temperatures in your home, you’re not alone.   Many homeowners across the country experience the exact same issue.  The good news is that there are many reasons why this could be happening and just as many solutions.  It might surprise you to know that just like the housing market, it all has to do with size and location.


Size Matters

Let’s talk about size first.  Did you know that improperly sized ductwork can be a major cause of the uneven temperatures in your home?  If not specified correctly, it can inhibit the airflow and cause unnecessary wear and tear to your HVAC system.   The size and number of runs that supply a specific room in your home can play a big role in your comfort level.  That’s why it’s so important to consult with an expert if you’re experiencing any issues.


Comfort Matters

If you’re experiencing comfort issues throughout your home, it’s a good idea to have your ductwork inspected by a contractor.  They can identify any installation issues, undersize ductwork, duct leakage, or other issues that could be causing the problem.  Damaged ductwork can be a leading cause of improper airflow throughout your home. Leaky ducts can lose up to 30% of airflow. Even small leaks can negatively affect your airflow whereas large leaks from loose joints can interrupt airflow reaching to rooms far away.


Stale Air is Bad Air

When proper airflow is compromised, for whatever reason, you end up with stale air.  And yes, it’s as bad as it sounds.  Low levels of stale air are uncomfortable and stuffy. As those levels rise it creates an unhealthy condition.  It can even cause skin rashes, especially for those who already suffering from dust allergies, as well as headaches and fatigue.  Stale air can be very dangerous for people with underlying respiratory conditions.


Location Matters

Finally, as is the #1 priority in real estate, it’s all about location.  When you have one thermostat regulating the airflow throughout your entire home, your HVAC system is really conditioning air in the entire home-based mostly on what’s taking place in that single room.  It can’t truly read conditions in distant areas of the house, such as upstairs bedrooms or basements.

In addition, with a single thermostat system, the rooms that are located nearest your HVAC unit will receive the majority of the conditioned air.  Rooms located further away at the far end of the ductwork will receive far less airflow.


Controlling Your Comfort

Outside of location, the size and number of windows, as well as outside walls in a room, also influence the temperature throughout your home.  For example, rooms that face the sun most of the day will be warmer while those that don’t will obviously be cooler.

How well your windows are sealed is important to airflow as well.  Improperly sealed windows obviously leak and affect comfort conditions, along with allowing condensation to get in that will further damage the seal and reduce energy efficiency.


How HVAC Zoning can help

HVAC zoning can provide an effective solution to improve airflow in your home and reduce your energy costs.  Imagine if you only had one light switch controlling all of the rooms in your home.  When you flipped the single switch, every light in your house would come on in a model of inefficiency. That’s basically the same way that one thermostat operates.

With zoning, multiple thermostats are installed throughout your home so that you can control airflow in all rooms more effectively. Usage patterns can be established upon installation to employ comfort correctly. It can even be easily installed with your existing ductwork.


If you’re looking to finally eliminate those hot and cold zones throughout your home, HVAC zoning is the ultimate solution to providing clean, efficient comfort throughout your entire home, in every season of the year.


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