Air Balancing: 7 Tips To Avoid Hot & Cold Spots

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Winnipeggers spend a lot of time in their home, and even more so since the start of the pandemic. Your home is where you’re most comfortable, but a variety of HVAC issues can throw off the temperature regulation in your home.


When your system struggles to maintain a constant temperature, it has the potential to create hot and cold spots in your home, decreasing comfort, and increasing energy bills.


Here are 7 tips to optimize your HVAC system to ensure temperatures are consistent and comfortable – a process called air balancing.


Adjust The Registers


Who doesn’t love an easy, no-tech, and zero-cost solution to life’s problems? Adjusting your registers allows or blocks the passage of air throughout your home. But if the vents are closed all the time, this puts pressure on your system to work a lot harder than it should.


Simply by strategically opening and closing these registers, you can increase the comfort in your home and better regulate temperatures. Here are some general rules to follow for multi-level homes:


Summer: Open the registers on the second floor and partially close them on the first floor.

Winter: Open the registers on the first floor and partially close them on the second floor.


Check The Air Filters


The air filter is a central component of your HVAC system. It helps you breathe cleaner and fresher air, something most of us enjoy. An airconditioning unit with a clogged, dirty, or blocked filter will not work properly which can throw off the temperatures around your home.


Cleaning your air filter will also extend the life of your HVAC system and increase your energy efficiency, saving you money and the short and long term.


Clear Your Vents Of Furniture


Sometimes arranging furniture can be hard. But if your vents are blocked or covered by furniture or other items, this can put a lot of strain on your HVAC system and cause hot and cold spots in your home.


In general, you should try to have at least 18 inches of space between your vent and the nearest piece of furniture to all for proper airflow.


Remove Electronics From Near The Thermostat


Electronics generate heat when operating, and larger electronics produce enough heat to affect the thermostat. This heat can give a thermostat a false reading and put more stress on the system. This additional heat can leave you cold in the winter and sweltering in the summer.


Removing your electronics from near your thermostat (as well as adjusting your vents) will improve temperature control and the efficiency of your HVAC system.


Use Window Coverings


Your windows play an important role in the temperature of your home. They keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. However, if your windows are bare and aren’t protected with blinds, drapes, or shades, you risk large temperature fluctuations.


Especially in the summer, direct sunlight streaming into a room creates a greenhouse effect which can significantly raise the temperature of your room. This can cause your air conditioning and other systems to work extra hard and throw off their temperature-regulating ability.


Correct Size HVAC System


Proper sizing of your heating and cooling systems is incredibly important to regulating the temperature of your home. If your system is undersized, it won’t easily reach the required temperatures. If it’s oversized, it won’t be efficient and can cause temperatures that are too extreme and uncomfortable.


A professional HVAC technician has the skills and experience required to accurately determine your heating and cooling needs and size up a proper system to meet them.


Fix Cracks Or Leaks In The Ductworks

Scheduling regular HVAC maintenance and repair inspections can uncover any cracks, breaks, or leaks in your duct system. Irregularities in your duct system can throw off temperature regulation and the ability to balance airflow. A professional duct cleaning service can fix these issues quickly and easily.


Free Your Home Of Hot & Cold Spots Today


Give these air balancing tips a try if you’re looking to better regulate the temperature of your home. Sometimes, however, home tips aren’t enough. When you need a little extra help, call in the expert technicians at Lynn’s HVAC Winnipeg.


We’ll perform a detailed inspection to uncover problem areas to ensure your HVAC system is running properly. Schedule your appointment with Lynn’s HVAC in Winnipeg today.

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