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2 Easy Ways to Balance Airflow in Your Home

  • Jan 01, 2019
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Since forced air heating and cooling systems rely on air circulation to properly heat and cool your home, issues with balance can compromise the comfort of your home.

However, by making a few simple changes, you can eliminate hot and cold spots, keeping your house comfortable. Here are two ways to balance the airflow throughout your home to maintain the ideal climate.

1. Check the Location of Your Thermostat

Your thermostat works by detecting the ambient air temperature in a room with a sensor, only to use that information to relay to the proper heating or cooling device to turn on or shut down. Unfortunately, air drafts, sunlight, cooking equipment, and even nearby doors can impact the air temperature; the location of your thermostat is essential for keeping your home’s climate properly balanced.

For instance, if your main-level thermostat is placed near a few westward facing windows and your kitchen, you may notice that your thermostat doesn’t turn on as often as it should in the late afternoon and evening — when sunlight is abundant and people are cooking in the kitchen. Heat generated by incoming light and nearby kitchen equipment can warm the area around your thermostat, tricking the system into thinking it is warmer than it actually is.

The opposite issues can occur if your thermostat is placed in a drafty area during winter. If a nearby door is frequently left open or a window in the area has a leaky sill, your thermostat might detect a temperature that is lower than it is throughout the rest of your home, triggering your heater to run more frequently.

To avoid these types of issues, experts recommend placing your thermostat on an interior wall away from windows, doors, air vents, and heat-generating equipment. In fact, placing your thermostat inside your most commonly used living spaces can ensure that those areas are the most comfortable, since your thermostat will trigger the heating or cooling based on the temperature of those rooms.

2. Keep Rooms Open

Because every member of your family may have different climate control preferences, you may have family members who choose to close the vents in their room or keep their doors shut. Unfortunately, closing off rooms only increases balance problems impacting your HVAC system, because it can create hot or cold pockets of air throughout your home.

In fact, because air continues to attempt to travel throughout your vent work, even when heating registers are closed, it actually increases the pressure within a room, potentially increasing energy consumption while creating an unstable climate. If an unheated room is suddenly opened, it can cool the air around the space, which could even trigger the furnace to switch on again.

On the other hand, leaving vents and doors open throughout your home allows your HVAC system to evenly distribute heated and cooled air properly, increasing comfort and reducing energy consumption.

If you notice issues with certain rooms of your home becoming uncomfortably warm or cool, talk with an HVAC technician instead of taking matters into your own hands. Sometimes, HVAC systems need to be rebalanced by adding or removing vents from rooms. By carefully calculating air flow rates throughout your home, a technician can determine how to balance your system properly.

Whether you need help moving your thermostat, sealing your ducts, or installing a new HVAC system, the team at Lakeside Heating & Air Conditioning offers the services you need. As a family owned and operated company with more than 46 years of experience, we can help you to create a safer, more comfortable home. Reach out to us today to learn how we can help you.