Keeping your home a consistent temperature can prove to be a challenge as winter settles. There are a number of factors that play in to evenly heating your home as well as things to consider doing, or not doing, to ensure you’re keeping every area of your home comfortable during the cold months, and month after month.
One of the most common things that people do when they realize a room is too warm during the winter is close the vents. A lot of modern homes use forced air systems, and closing off vents to control room temperature can cause the system to become overloaded and can negatively alter the performance of the system. Due to the way these systems work, shutting vents effects the way the system “breathes,” decreasing your energy efficiency.
So what should you do to heat your home more evenly?
Ensure the area around your cold air return vents is clear
Your heating and cooling system doesn’t strictly push hot and cold air throughout your home, it also removes cold air to help reach a certain temperature. You want to keep these vents clear from obstructions so that your system can get rid of the cold air while supplying heat.
Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance
It’s talked about constantly, and really can’t be said enough, but having routine maintenance completed on your system can get rid of a lot of headaches. Whether it’s a dirty filter that needs swapped out, or a larger concern with a circuit board, our team will work with you to make your home as comfortable as it can be.
A Quick Switch
Depending on the design of your home, some parts may have an easier time receiving and sustaining heat. One basic way you can avoid this concern is by going to your thermostat and changing the fan setting from Auto to On. Making the change allows your home’s air to always mix the air from all of the rooms in your home, giving you a more even temperature. Of course these aren’t the only ways to ensure you’re getting the most out of your heating and cooling system, but if we wrote a blog on all of the ways you could heat your home more evenly, you’d be reading for a while. If you want to learn more about any of the tips listed above, or if you’ve run out of ideas and are still having trouble with uneven heating, give us a ring at 208-621-0129. Our specialists are more than happy to work with you so you can experience the most comfortable version of your home.