How to Avoid Cold and Hot Spots in Your Home

Air balancing is a specific kind of HVAC maintenance designed to help air distribute evenly throughout your home. Cold or hot spots throughout your home might indicate air balancing issues you can fix yourself, but it’s important to get regular HVAC inspections to ensure you aren’t dealing with any bigger issues. Here are six things you can do to improve airflow to all parts of your home.

Degree Offset

If you have a two story home, try offsetting your upstairs and downstairs temperatures by two degrees. Set your upstairs thermostat two degrees higher than your downstairs settings to improve temperature imbalances between floors.

Regular Filter Changes

Not only do regular filter changes improve your HVAC efficiency and indoor air quality, but it can also help air spread throughout your home. Hot or cold spots might be a result of a dirty filter not allowing enough air to flow through it fast enough. Changing your air filter every 30 to 60 days is also one of the easiest ways to extend the lifespan of your HVAC system and cut down on your electric bill.

Keep Electronics Away from Thermostats

Electronics, especially larger devices like televisions and desktop computers, generate a lot of heat the longer they run. This can really impact your room’s temperature needs and create hot spots in the room. If these devices are running too close to a thermostat or a window air conditioning unit, they can cause false temperature readings and cause your system to run longer than it needs to. Keep electronics away from thermostats and AC units and give the space around your devices enough airflow.

Turn on Your Thermostat Fan

Every modern thermostat has at least two fan settings: ‘auto’ and ‘on’. If you’re struggling to create enough airflow in your home, try switching the fan to ‘on’. This will prevent stagnant air and filter pollutants out at a faster rate. However, turning your fan on for long periods of time will cause an increase in your utility bill.

Adjust Your Ceiling Fans

Did you know the direction your ceiling fan turns can drastically change your air circulation? During spring and summer, turning your ceiling fan to spin counterclockwise creates a cool downward flow. Rotate your fan to spin clockwise at a low speed to distribute warm air during the fall and winter months.

Clear Up Airflow Restrictions

Avoid covering any intake or output vents with furniture. Give your vents at least 18 inches of space to effectively circulate air, or else your furniture could absorb the air before it has a chance to flow throughout your home. 

Quality HVAC Services with Ellis AC

Regular HVAC inspections and maintenance are necessary to ensure you’re getting the most out of your HVAC system. Ellis AC offers HVAC repairs, maintenance and inspections at affordable prices, and the satisfaction of our clients is always our top priority. Our experienced HVAC technicians always work hard to give you maintenance and repairs that last, so call or visit our website for a free quote today!

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