IMPROPERLY SIZED DUCTWORK
If your home’s ductwork was poorly installed or you upgraded your furnace without upgrading your old ductwork, it’s likely your ductwork is the wrong size for your home. Your ductwork must be properly sized and matched according to the size of your home and the equipment you have connected to it. Improperly sized ducts can impact the balance of heating and cooling in your home and can lead to long term damage to your system. In the cold months, improper airflow can cause your system’s evaporator coils to freeze up. In the warm months, the opposite problem occurs: your system can overheat and fail prematurely.
The conditioned air in your home can leak from several places around your home such as doors, windows, pipes, electrical outlets, and ductwork. Even small leaks can make a huge difference in your home comfort – leaky ducts can lose up to 30% of airflow. If your home isn’t retaining heat or cool air, you’re going to end up wasting energy and spending more to condition the entire house. Even if this is only a problem in one room, you’ll be running your system longer than necessary to heat and cool that room, which will be expensive in the long term.
Poor insulation is commonly found in both old and new homes, especially those with vaulted ceilings. Poor insulation and thin walls can have a negative impact on the overall temperature of your home. Poor insulation allows air to escape through the walls. As a result, some rooms may feel warmer or cooler than you prefer, while other rooms are perfectly comfortable.
These are the most common causes but there are a lot more factors that can impact the heating and cooling of your home. We recommend getting a home energy audit to determine exactly which area is affecting your home the most.