Air Balancing: How To Avoid Hot And Cold Spots
Did you ever wonder how one room inside your home feels hotter while other areas are freezing? It becomes more uncomfortable when you don’t get the best temperature that you want for a certain part of your home. It doesn’t sound’s good, right? This can very frustrating as the problem lies in your home’s HVAC system.
This situation is called hot or cold spots and is a common home issue. Usually, it happens when your HVAC system is new or it needs to be replaced because it has already been working for over a decade. The solution to this problem is a technique called air balancing. This is a technique used to modify the current HVAC system inside your home to make sure that the air is distributed evenly. So, how can you do air balancing and make the temperature inside your home comfortable? Here’s how to avoid hot and cold spots:
- Open or close your register box
A simple yet one of the most effective techniques in balancing the air of your HVAC system. Make sure not to totally close your vents since it can cause heating and cooling problems. Just adjust the damper blade depending on how you want to restrict the airflow. Open the top floor of the register when it is humid, and close it when the weather is cold.
- Clean the filters regularly
It is very important to check and clean your filters regularly. A dirty filter will cause your HVAC system to overwork which will reduce its life span. Remove the debris stuck on the filters to improve airflow. Cleaning your filter will reduce your energy consumption too because your system will run more efficiently.
- Install window coverings
Windows not only allows natural lighting in your home, but you can also use it to your advantage in keeping your home warm or cold. During the winter, you may want to open up your curtains or blinds to keep your space warmer. Or close them to block the heat of the sun during summer.
- Never put electronic devices near the thermostat
Electronic devices heat up when being used. If you place your television or desktop near your HVAC system, then it could affect the performance of your unit. The thermostat may pick up the increased temperature of your devices and may operate overtime.
- Prevent airflow restrictions
Do not cover your registers or vents with curtains or anything that may restrict its airflow. Their main purpose is to provide a flow of air. So they tend to work harder if there is not enough space for them to circulate the air.