Do you have one room in your house, such as your bedroom or basement, that always seems to be colder or hotter than the others? Temperature inconsistencies are one of the most common issues many homeowners have to deal with.
At Minnick’s, we help Maryland homeowners solve temperature imbalances all the time and we understand how aggravating this issue can be. We’ve all experienced it before, no matter how hard you try, at least one room in your home is either too hot or too cold. While your living room might be exactly the temperature you want, your bedroom upstairs is freezing. Temperature imbalances can be frustrating, but they are often signs of a bigger issue as well. Rather than turning up your thermostat or overrunning your system, we want to help you understand what might really be the cause of your problem.
What is causing temperature imbalances in my home?
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.
How to fix temperature imbalances in my home?
Temperature imbalances can be caused by a lot of factors. Thankfully, for every cause, there is a solution available. The right solution for your home depends on what the source of the issue is, which is why an energy audit from a professional is important to effectively fix temperature imbalances. If you do know what your root issue is, below are some common solutions to temperature imbalances:
Locate and Seal Leaky Ductwork
If your root issue is leaky ductwork, you or a professional will need to locate the exact spot of the leaks and seal them with mastic sealant. We recommend choosing a professional because they’ll have pressurizing equipment to help them locate and seal leaks. If you’re the do-it-yourself type, typically spots are at the joints and fittings along with the ductwork.
Install Better Insulation
If your temperature imbalances are a result of poor insulation, adding better insulation to your home can mitigate leaks and reduce the impact of outdoor temperatures affecting your indoor temperatures. Again, we highly suggest working with a professional for insulation work.
Install a Zoning System
Room zoning systems utilize multiple thermostats to allow you to independently control the temperature from different areas in your home. The use of extra thermostats helps you balance the individual temperatures on different floors and rooms. A zoning system allows you to heat or cool individual rooms on demand, or close off unused rooms entirely.
Minnick’s has been helping Maryland homeowners install zoning systems for over 60 years and we would be more than happy to help you determine if this is the solution your home needs.
Install an Additional HVAC System or Replace Entirely
If your HVAC or ductwork is improperly sized for your home, you may need to add a second system or replace your existing one altogether. This is your costliest option, but can give you better control over different floors and might be your only solution depending on the cause for your temperature imbalances. Before committing to buying a new system, it’s wise to have your system inspected by a professional to determine if this is the best option for you.
Need help fixing your temperature imbalances?
Is your home struggling to heat and cool itself properly? Since 1954, Minnick’s has helped thousands of Maryland homeowners restore their home comfort. Contact us online or call us at (301) 605-9112 and let us help you get to the root cause, so you can forget about your heating and cooling problems for good.
Minnick’s is an industry leader in providing Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Insulation, Indoor Air Quality, and Whole Home Energy solutions to Montgomery County, Howard County, Prince Georges County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, and Baltimore City