Do you have a room in your house that just never reaches a comfortable temperature? That's probably a frustrating experience, especially if it's a room you use frequently, like the kitchen, living room, or master bedroom. Many people assume that these problem rooms just aren't getting enough air from the air conditioner or furnace. While that may be true, there could be other causes.
There could be a draft or leak in the room. Also, the dimensions of the room may just make it difficult to heat or cool. Here are a few options for resolving the situation and making the room more comfortable:
Make sure the registers are open. This may seem simple, but very often, the simplest answer is the most effective. Your registers serve two purposes.
First, they push the cool or hot air into the room. However, they also pull existing air out to be reheated or re-cooled. If the register is closed or only partially open, it can't do its job effectively.
Look to see whether they're open. Also, check to make sure that you don't have a register that is blocked by furniture. Simply rearranging the layout of the room could solve the problem.
Get a ceiling fan. If the room has high ceilings, it could just be difficult to warm or cool, no matter how much air is pumped into it. There's just too much space to heat or cool for your air conditioner or furnace to work effectively.
You can solve the problem by installing a ceiling fan. A fan keeps the warm or cool air circulating around the room. That way, the air is in use for longer periods of time and your air conditioner and furnace don't have to work so hard.
Seal your windows and use your curtains. Windows are a common source of drafts. Over time, windows may not fit in their frames correctly and gaps can form. Air then sneaks through these gaps, reducing your overall energy efficiency. Have your windows checked to see how much air is coming in or out. You may need to seal the windows or even replace them. Also, close your curtains at night. That will hold energy in and prevent outside air from sneaking inside.
Use zoned heating and cooling. You probably have one thermostat that controls the heating and cooling for the whole house. A zoned system uses individual thermostats for specific areas of the home. That way some areas and rooms can continue to receive air even after the rest of the home has met the desired temperature. This can give your system a more targeted approach and create comfort throughout the home.
Talk to your air conditioning repair service about other ways to keep your home comfortable. They can inspect your air conditioning unit and duct work to make sure it's working properly. To learn more, contact a company like Springer Bros Air Conditioning-Heating LLC with any questions you have.
My name is Sara Jenkins and I am the daughter of a plumber. As a young girl, I was not very impressed by what my father did for a living, but I loved spending time with him so I was thrilled each time he asked me to help with a repair around the house. What I didn't realize at the time was that my father was teaching me skills that would prove incredibly useful in my adult life. Today, thanks to him, I have completed a long list of plumbing jobs in my own home without the need to hire a contractor. This blog is my way of saying thank you to him by sharing all of the things that he has taught me about home repairs and construction.