Air Balancing – How To Avoid Hot and Cold Spots
What exactly is air balancing and how can it help you avoid hot and cold spots in your home? If you’re routinely experiencing sleepless nights because your bedroom is hotter than the Sahara, but simultaneously hate stepping out of the shower because your bathroom feels like the arctic tundra, balancing the air in your home can help. We want to help you regain that balance with some tips for avoiding those pesky hot and cold spots in your home.
What is Air Balancing?
When you balance the tires on your car, you are ensuring the weight of your vehicle is as evenly distributed as possible. If a tire is out of balance, it may wear out faster, and you could experience an uncomfortable, bumpier ride. It’s similar to balancing the air in your home through your HVAC system. When the air is distributing differently to different rooms, your HVAC system has to work harder to heat and cool your home, and that can lead to more wear and tear on your entire system as well as the uncomfortable hot or cold spots throughout your home. Ensuring even distribution of the air is critical to keeping your home comfortable and your HVAC system running smoothly.
What can you do?
- A clean filter is a happy filter – And a clean, happy filter is essential to improving the air quality in your home and increasing your HVAC system’s efficiency. Check your filter regularly and follow your HVAC manufacturer’s guidelines for how often you should change it.
- Use window treatments to your advantage – If you’ve noticed that the master bedroom seems several degrees warmer than the rest of the house and you have a lot of windows, make sure you have blinds or drapes that can block out the sun in the summer and keep the heat in during the winter. This simple physical barrier can help maximize your system’s efficiency.
- Don’t park Dad’s recliner over the register – Restricting the airflow in any way is going to, well, restrict the airflow. So, unless that is your intention in that particular area, keep furniture and other items away from registers and air vents to allow the air to flow freely.
- Check your ducts for proper sizing – Many homes can experience hot and cold spots due to improperly sized ducts. Poorly designed ductwork inhibits air flow and cause your system to work harder to distribute the air throughout your home. To eliminate improper duct sizing as a potential issue, have your ductwork analyzed by an HVAC professional.
- Balance upper and lower floors – If you live in a two-story home, make sure your upper floor temp is set two degrees warmer in the summer and two degrees cooler in the winter. Heat rises, so offsetting the temp between the two floors will help to keep them both at a consistent even temperature.
- Call Advent Air Conditioning – You could need adjustments to the ductwork or service on your system. And it’s better to be proactive than to overwork your HVAC system into a much more expensive scenario.
If you’re experiencing hot or cold spots in your home, contact the dedicated HVAC professionals at Advent Air. We’re committed to the quality of the air you and your family breathe and live in – every single day. Call now to talk to one of our team members about scheduling a service call today.