Ask Any Hour - What Do I Do if My Home is Cooling Unevenly?

QUESTION:

There are rooms in my home that are warmer than the others during the summer months. Is that normal? Is there anything I can do to help those rooms be cooler?

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ANSWER:

We all have those rooms in the house that seem to stay cooler than the others--as well as the ones that seem to always be hotter than the others. Of course, there are dramatic ways to eliminate this problem, like upgrading your windows or blowing additional insulation into the ceilings and walls, but there are also a few solutions that are much cheaper and easier. 

1. Things you can do around the home to make sure things stay cool: 

  • If evening temperatures are cool, open the windows at night to give your system a break and allow some outside air into the home. Not only is it nice to circulate fresh air into the house, it cools things off so your system doesn’t have to work as hard the following morning. 
  • Similar to opening and closing windows, another way to keep things cool is to close blinds in rooms that get direct sunlight in the morning or throughout the day. It might require a little bit of babysitting, but monitoring the window coverings will keep the house much cooler. If you know the house will be empty all day, before you leave, make sure all the windows are closed and then close all the blinds and drapes.  
  • Whether you have windows open or not, it’s always a great idea to keep the air moving with ceiling or floor fans that will help with circulation. Moving air feels cooler; plus, keeping the air flowing will help even out the hot and cool spots in the home. 

2. Additional things you can do with your actual HVAC system to stay cooler as well: 

  • Turn the furnace fan motor to ON. This way, even if the AC compressor isn’t running, the AC system will still be circulating air throughout the home. This also helps even out warmer or cooler spots and keeps the air moving. Keep in mind that having the fan running all the time could impact your electric bills, however. So, it may be a good idea to only run the fan during the hours when the heat is at its peak. 
  • Open all the vents in the house. Closing off the vents restricts airflow and doesn’t allow the AC to do its job, which is to cool the house evenly.
  • One of the best things you can do for your system is to have it regularly maintained. If you are regularly servicing your AC, you can stay tuned in to minor problems and fix them before they become big ones. Additionally, your technician will change the filters and clean the system out to ensure proper airflow. Your technician will also make minor adjustments so your system is working as efficiently and effectively as possible. 

Hopefully, these tips will help your home stay cooler this summer! 

In Episode 079 of our In the House podcast, we talk extensively about what you can do if your home has hot spots. Click here to watch it.


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Jul 29th 2021

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