Thursday, May 25, 2017

Solve Uneven Cooling With These Tricks

Uneven cooling is a common problem, especially in multi-story homes. Dirty filters, ductwork issues, or the age of your air conditioning system can all affect how well your AC cools the various parts of your home. If one part of your home feels like a sauna while another feels like Alaska, the following tips may provide a solution.

Check Your Vents:
Start by making sure that all vents and registers are free of dirt and debris and that they are not blocked by furniture or other items. If the second floor of your home is overly warm, you can partially close some of the first-floor vents. This will help direct more of the cool air to the second floor of your home.

Adjust the Fan Setting:
Most people keep the fan setting on their thermostat in the "auto" position. This means that the fan only runs and circulates air during the cooling cycle. Switching the fan to "on" allows it to continue to run even when the rest of the system cycles off, which can help even out the temperature throughout the house.

Check for Leaks:
Small holes, tears, and gaps in your ductwork can allow cool air to escape before it reaches its intended destination. Ductwork leaks also force your air conditioner to work harder, which can significantly shorten the lifespan of your system. An HVAC professional can inspect your ducts and make any necessary repairs.

Add Insulation:
Adding more insulation to your attic will help you get more out of your air conditioner by keeping the cool air in and the hot air out.

Upgrade Your AC:
Although it does require a larger financial investment, a new zone cooling system will give you the flexibility to independently control the temperature in various parts of your home. An HVAC professional can help you design a zoned system based on the size and layout of your home along with how you use the various spaces within the home. If your air conditioner is more than 10 years old, it is probably time to considering replacing it. Air conditioning technology has improved significantly over the past decade to provide greater comfort and energy efficiency.

J.R. Perkins Heating & Cooling has been providing Phoenix, specifically Scottsdale, and the surrounding area with reliable HVAC service since 1960. To learn more please visit our website at or call (480) 422-4437.