Have you ever wondered why that one room in your house is always colder or hotter than the rest of your home? Or why is your basement colder than usual, even though you set the thermostat for toasty warm? There could be several possible reasons for temperature differences throughout your home, including poor insulation or an older furnace. Narrowing down the nature of the temperature inconsistencies can help determine the best strategy for your HVAC system.
Finding That Balanced Flow of Air
If you have a multi-level home, using a zoned heating system helps to compensate for the natural rise of warm air. We recommend setting each level two degrees apart. You can achieve this by setting your basement to the highest temperature, then the floor above to a temperature of 1-2 degrees lower, and so on as you move upwards. The natural rise of warm air helps warm the upper levels of your house while giving your furnace a rest.
Hot or cold spots are a different problem. Whether or not you have a zoned heating and cooling system, if one room or area of your home is significantly hotter or colder than the rest of your house, you might have a problem with air balancing.
What Is Air Balancing?
Air balancing is a process that HVAC professionals follow to ensure the airflow in your home effectively reaches each part of your house. They do this by running a series of tests with your furnace, air conditioning, and complete HVAC system. HVAC technicians will check the fan speeds and adjust them if necessary. They’ll inspect your ductwork and ensure that any dampers are in the open position for maximum airflow, and they’ll also diagnose your furnace for any problems and recommend repairs or a replacement if needed.
What Are the Benefits of Air Balancing?
Air balancing your HVAC system will help create a more comfortable balance setting in your home. You’ll encounter fewer variations in temperature from room to room, relieving pressure from your furnace or air conditioning system. When your heating or cooling system runs smoothly and efficiently, you’ll also see savings on your energy bills. Money in your bank account and comfortable air quality is a winning solution for anyone. The size of your home, the number of air supply registers you have, and the condition of your HVAC system will impact the cost of air balancing services. Compared to the creeping cost of your heating and cooling system bills over a year, the investment in a service appointment will be well worth it.
When to Call In HVAC Professionals?
If you’re one of those people who enjoy fixing problems yourself, there are two solutions you can explore on your own before calling in the HVAC contractors. The first is to go around your home and ensure that all vents are clear of blockages and are in an open position to allow airflow to come through. If you have easy access to your air ducts, the second strategy to try is to check your dampers. The dampers are located along your air ducts, allowing you to restrict the flow of air to certain areas of your home during certain seasons. You’ll want to put the damper in the open position to allow the air to flow freely and deliver an even temperature throughout your home. If these two troubleshooting methods don’t solve your hot or cold air spots, then you’ll want to consider calling in an HVAC technician.
HVAC Air Balancing in Edmonton
Do you have troublesome hot or cold spots in your home? Contact Max Heating & Air Conditioning to set up an appointment. Our technicians are fully equipped to take care of air balancing and all your HVAC system maintenance. Contact us for more information.