Do you ever wonder why certain parts of your home stay warmer than others, even when your furnace is working properly? As it turns out, uneven heating can be caused by a number of different issues both big and small. Today we're going to talk about what causes uneven heating in your house and some of the steps you can take to fix it!
Issues that can lead to uneven heating in your house
- Blocked or closed off vents. If there is a specific room in your home that won't seem to stay warm, the first thing you'll want to check is that all of the air vents in the room are open and clear of obstructions. If a piece of furniture is blocking a vent or if the vent has been closed by someone in your home, that room won't receive enough conditioned air to keep it warm.
- Dirty furnace filter. If your air filter is clogged up, it will restrict the amount of air that's able to circulate throughout your home. When this happens, some rooms in your home might receive more warm air than others, which can lead to uneven heating.
- Window and door leaks. Rooms with doors and windows that open up to the outdoors are sometimes harder to keep warm than interior rooms. That's because cold air can leak through openings around doors and windows and lower a room's temperature. You can help prevent this by sealing up your doors and windows with caulk and weatherstripping.
- Wrong sized furnace. If your furnace was not sized and installed by a high-quality contractor like Jerry Kelly, it could be too big or too small for your home. If your furnace is too small, it might not be powerful enough to provide an adequate amount of heat to every room in your home. If your furnace is too big, its heating cycles might be too short, which will restrict its ability to heat your entire home evenly.
- Structure of your home. The shape and orientation of your home plays a big role in how heat is distributed. Unfortunately, uneven heating is inevitable in many homes because of the way that they are structured. One of the best ways to fix this problem is to install a zoning system in your home, which will section your home off into various zones that are heated independently from each other and even out your home's temperature levels.
If you have any questions about furnace fire safety, or if you'd like a heating system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly, your St. Louis area heating and cooling contractor. We service the St. Louis area, including towns like Ladue, Lake St. Louis and Manchester, MO.
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