You have been there before. You’re relaxing comfortably on the couch downstairs watching a movie. When it ends, you head upstairs to go to bed when you start to notice the temperature change. By the time you reach your bedroom, it seems downright muggy, nowhere near as comfortable as it was downstairs.
Your AC system is supposed to cool your entire house with no problem. If the temperatures vary drastically between the two levels of your home, your home may be experiencing uneven cooling.
You are not alone. Many things can cause uneven cooling over time, such as an aging system, ductwork problems or dirty filters. Any or all of these reasons could be causing your home not to cool evenly.
Here are some things you can do to help remedy the uneven cooling issues you may be experiencing:
Check Your Air Vents
Check to see that all the vents are open. Make sure they are not blocked by furniture or anything that would prevent air from circulating properly throughout the rooms. Clean off all dust and debris which also contributes to the lack of airflow.
Check Your Air Ducts for Leaks
Any leaks in your ducts will cause your system to work harder than it should to compensate for missing air. In the long run, a leak causes more stress to your AC system, which can lead to more severe problems.
Check the Fan Settings on Your Thermostat
You have the choice between the settings “on” and “auto.” When the fan is set to “auto,” it will only turn on when the system is calling for cool air. When set to “on,” the fan will better circulate air continuously even after the system cooling goes off. Keeping it set to “on” may increase your electric bill slightly, but it will help keep your home at an even temperature throughout.
Check the Insulation in Your Attic
Having the proper amount of insulation will keep the cold air in and the hot air out. Insufficient insulation in your home could be causing the difference in temperatures that you are experiencing on the different levels of your home. If you are concerned that your attic is not insulated properly, call an HVAC professional from Hutchinson to check it out for you.
Consider a Zoning System
One of the most efficient ways to control the uneven cooling situation you are experiencing is a Zoning System. Although it is an investment, it will give you the ability to control the temperature in different areas of your home independently. If you think this may be your best course of action, you will want to contact an HVAC professional from Hutchinson to help evaluate your situation.
If none of these solutions solve your uneven cooling issues, it might be time to replace your system. If your cooling system is older than 10 to 12 years old, its efficiency could be the culprit. A newer, more efficient system will solve those problems and provide you with the comfort and peace of mind your family deserves.
Call Hutchinson Plumbing Heating Cooling Energy Services today at 866-953-8728 to discuss your options.