Homes across the United States typically have a central cooling and heating system that regulates interior temperature to ensure that the house remains comfortable throughout the year. However, the temperature across all areas of the house is often not uniform. During summer, the living room might be warmer than the rest of the house. During winter, the bedroom may be cooler.
It is normal, and there are quite a few reasons that cause one room to become hotter or cooler than the rest of the house. Although harmless, it can be quite frustrating when a room is hot when it is supposed to be cold and vice versa.
Here are the common culprits.
Your HVAC Is Inadequate
Most likely, your heating and air conditioning system does not have enough power to better manage the interior temperature throughout the house. Larger houses with multiple floors will need a bigger heating and air conditioning system to reach every nook and cranny of the building. Smaller homes, meanwhile, do not need as much power to lower or increase the indoor temperature.
A small air conditioning system in a big house will only result in inadequate airflow. A big air conditioning system in a small house might shut off automatically before reaching every room in the house.
It is important to install the right size of air conditioning and heating system for your house.
Your Air Filters Are Filthy
Dirty filters in your furnace and air conditioner restrict airflow. If the filters are clogged with dust, it is unlikely that the air will reach you wherever you are in the house. That is why it is necessary to get your furnace serviced before fall and winter to guarantee that the filters are clean and ready to use. On the other hand, your air conditioning unit should be checked before summer to ensure the filters are clean.
Clogged air ducts create the same problems. Dust and other debris can accumulate within the ducts. When it does, it prevents air from freely flowing from your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system to the rest of the house.
A clogged duct connected to specific house areas will affect the interior temperature in particular rooms. So, while the living room may feel warm and comfortable, the kitchen or the bedroom may still be very cold.
Clogs in the air ducts should be removed immediately to restore the balance of airflow throughout the house. Moreover, prevent dust and debris from accumulating in the air ducts in the first place by scheduling regular cleaning by yourself or through the help of a professional.
You Have a Multi-level House
Sometimes, the heating and air conditioning system has difficulty balancing airflow throughout multi-level homes. It is not the fault of your appliance. It is simple physics. Heat rises naturally. Meanwhile, cold air sinks. It would be a lot of work for air conditioning systems to cool upstairs space.
There is nothing that you can do to change this. You can, instead, switch to using zoned air conditioning systems to bring the cold to warm rooms. It is more efficient than a central unit because it cools specific sections independently. When each room has its air conditioner and thermostat, it can get the cooling it needs, which can be different from the rest of the house.
You Recently Had a Home Makeover
Remodeling projects can disrupt the balance of the home’s HVAC. This is a common issue in households where additional rooms were added or sections of the home were remodeled extensively.
After a major home renovation project, if you feel that certain house areas are not cooling or warming at a normal rate, it is best to call a contraction. You need a professional to adjust the ducts to suit the house’s new layout. The ducts may need additions to accommodate the now bigger indoor space.
Your Room Has Gaps and Holes
Cold air can escape quickly, preventing the room from cooling if there are holes and gaps in the windows, doors, floors, and walls. Any open space could create a problem with managing interior temperature. Your heating and air conditioning system will have to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature if hot air and cold air escape from the room anyway.
Make sure to plug any holes and cover any gaps. A draught-proofing strip can close gaps around doors and windows.
Everyone wants to feel comfortable inside their own home. People invest a lot of money in heating and air conditioning to remain warm when it is cold outside and cool when it is hot outside. However, there are instances when areas of the house are not warming or cooling at the same rate as the rest of the house. Homeowners need to fund the root of the problem to fix the balance in interior temperature.