Air Balancing: 8 Ways To Avoid Hot And Cold Spots
8 Ways To Avoid Hot And Cold Spots In Your Westchester Home
Find Better Indoor Air Balance With These Helpful Tips From A Trusted HVAC Contractor
We’ve all experienced hot and cold spots in our Westchester homes. They’re uncomfortable, confusing, and downright annoying. Many homeowners think that inconsistent indoor temperatures are just an inevitable and unavoidable nuisance.
However, there are many ways to avoid this predicament, to make your home more comfortable, and to save money. At Innovative Air, we want our customers to benefit from consistent and balanced air flow and temperatures. That’s why we want you to be informed on possible causes and ways to fix the problem.
When you address an imbalance of airflow, you’re creating greater comfort and better energy efficiency. Here are eight ways to avoid hot and cold spots in your home.
1. Change Your Air Filters
This is probably the simplest solution, though it may not completely solve the problem. However, it’s worth cleaning or changing your air filters as your first measure to prevent hot and cold spots. Blocked air filters stop your HVAC system from pumping out air as it should, causing your home to fail in effectively cooling or heating your home.
2. Check Your Air Vents And Ducts
Checking your air vents is another simple measure to take to receive optimum airflow in your home. We often close air vents and forget to reopen them, causing insufficient air to blow through. Obstructions like furniture, curtains, and other home objects may also block air vents – leading to restricted airflow.
Though it’s hard to inspect your ducts yourself, getting them looked at and sealed if you’re experiencing inconsistent home temperatures is recommended. Dirty, blocked, or cracked ducts can easily lead to improper heating and cooling.
3. Seal Your Doors, Windows, And Tiny Cracks
Many times, unwanted drafts of air blow through our home uninvited. When you feel drafts emanating from a specific source, such as along the window frame or under a closed door or window, it’s time to reseal those entryways. Quality sealed doors and windows help keep your home’s temperature consistent and well insulated.
Air doesn’t only escape and come in through inadequately sealed doors and windows, though. It also comes in through the tiny cracks around electrical outlets, furnaces, ACs, attics, and more. Professionally air sealing your home will help control your home’s temperature without unwanted outside air filtering through.
4.Add More Attic Insulation
Often, we buy houses that have the minimum amount of mandated insulation. Though this level is technically legal, it usually isn’t enough to truly and effectively insulate our home. When attic insulation is low or uneven, it may cause hot or cold spots in our home, as outdoor air can easily seep through the cracks.
5. Insulate Your Crawl Space
It’s standard and required to insulate our attics, but many homeowners fail to consider insulating their crawl space. The benefits of properly insulating your crawl space are incredible, though. Besides giving you more energy efficiency and lower heating and cooling bills, insulation in your crawl space provides more balanced air inside your home and warmer floors.
6. Install A New Thermostat
When we’re still using the same outdated thermostat that came with our home, it’s probably time to switch it out with a Wi-Fi or smart thermostat. Older thermostats often take in inaccurate readings, causing your HVAC system to turn on and off incorrectly.
The location of your thermostat matters, too, as one in a warmer part of your house will cool your whole house using that reading. An HVAC technician can help you find the right spot for your thermostat to give you more accurate readings.
7. Install A Zone Control System
Zone control systems are the latest trends in home cooling and heating, and for good reason – they work. These innovative systems divide your home into various zones, each with its thermostat hooked up to one central control panel. This conveniently allows you to adjust temperatures in different home zones based on preference and usage.
8. Install The Right Size A/C And Furnace For Your Home
HVAC systems are not one-size-fits-all, and your home may have the wrong size unit for the size of your home. If you’re experiencing hot or cold spots in your home, chances are your HVAC unit is too small for your home. When a system is tasked with cooling or heating a larger space than intended, it often fails to meet the demands, causing an imbalance of air.
Innovative Air Wants To Keep The Air In Your Westchester Home Balanced
We’ve worked diligently for over 22 years to keep the homes of Westchester comfortable, energy efficient, and stocked with the latest HVAC technology. At Innovative Air, we help our valued customers by diagnosing and fixing their HVAC issues, saving them money and discomfort.
When it comes to addressing hot and cold spots, we’re here to examine your vents, ducts, and HVAC units; properly insulate your attic; and encapsulate your crawl space, giving you a balanced home. Guided by our core values, we always put customers first, ensuring you receive the best service possible!
Call us at (914) 855–1888 or contact us today for a free HVAC service estimate!
If you’re looking for a HVAC company that will give you all the time, attention and energy you deserve, contact Innovative Air today!