If you have a large house with multiple stories, levels, or extra wings, you may notice that the temperatures are uneven throughout your home. If you feel that your Ocean City, Maryland, home is not uniformly cool, then it may be time to explore options on how to get all of your rooms set to a comfortable temperature. Let’s look at six ways that will help keep your home evenly cool throughout.
Add More Insulation
The insulation inside your attic is there to keep heat from entering your home through the roof during the summer and to keep heat from escaping during the winter. If you do not have sufficient insulation in your attic, your home could be feeling much warmer in the summer than it would if you had the proper amount installed. Schedule an inspection to see if your insulation is adequate for your home.
Install a Ductless Mini-Split System
One option for even cooling in your home would be to have a ductless mini-split system installed. A ductless system is an efficient alternative to central air conditioning. The system consists of an outdoor unit and several indoor air handlers. The air handlers are placed throughout the home as needed so that the temperature in each room or area can be individually controlled.
There are many benefits to having a mini-split system. If you have a room that is hotter than other rooms, such as a room with large windows that get a lot of sunshine or a hot kitchen, a mini-split can control the temperature of that room accordingly. The system is also quiet and low-maintenance and can help to reduce your energy bills.
Check Your Ductwork
If your ductwork is dirty or is leaking, then the cooled air that is meant for specific rooms may leak out and never reach the destination for which it was intended. If any of the ducts are leaking or are too clogged for sufficient airflow, the AC will have to work harder to distribute the cool air evenly. When you hire Griffith Energy Services to inspect your ductwork, we will check for leaks and dirty ducts. Inquire with us about advanced duct sealing solutions to help keep your HVAC system clean and running efficiently.
Install a Zoning System
If your home already has central air conditioning and you feel as if there is uneven cooling, then you may need to have a zoning system created. A zoning system works by having several thermostats placed in individual rooms. These thermostats are then connected to the main control panel in conjunction with sensors placed within the ducting system. The air is then distributed to each room via dampers in the ductwork. For a large home with many rooms or levels, having your home professionally zoned is probably the best solution for uneven cooling.
Check Your Vents and Registers
Sometimes the vents and registers that allow the cool air to flow through the home can either get closed, get covered with something, or even become clogged with dirt and dust. Periodically check all of the floor vents and wall registers to make sure that they are open and clean.
Keep Your HVAC Fan Running
You can help to keep cool air circulating through the house by moving your thermostat’s fan setting to "on" instead of "auto." When it is set to "auto," the fan will shut off when the cooling cycle is complete. However, if you turn the thermostat setting to "on," then the fan will continue to run even when the AC is not actively cooling. Your home will feel cooler because you will have air flowing through all the rooms and levels of your home.
Uneven cooling inside your home can be frustrating and uncomfortable, but with these tips and strategies, you should be able to keep every room in your house at a pleasant temperature. If you would like to schedule an appointment to have your ductwork cleaned and to inquire about ways to cool your home evenly, give Griffith Energy Services a call at 888-474-3391.
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