Running the air conditioner during warm months improves the comfort of your home. However, uneven cooling can affect the consistency of the temperature from one room to another. Rather than continuing to experience uncomfortable temperatures in certain areas of your home, consider the following solutions for uneven cooling.
4 Ways to Correct Uneven Air Conditioner Cooling
1. Check the Vents
Your air conditioner distributes cooled air into each room through the vents. When these are obstructed, you’ll experience uneven cooling throughout your home. Air vents need to be cleared of any furniture and carpeting and be switched to the open position. When vents are blocked or closed, cooled air is redirected to other rooms, thus creating an uneven displacement. Additionally, keep in mind that closing off air registers in unused rooms can create back pressure within the ductwork that will make your furnace’s blower work harder and fail prematurely. If you do want to close off air flow to unused rooms, it may be wise to have an HVAC technician test the static pressure to ensure that your blower system is not being overworked. Lastly, be sure to check all the rooms in your home to make sure they’re able to distribute the cool air from your air conditioner effectively.
2. Assess Attic Insulation
Your attic is an integral part of your home’s comfort level. Attic insulation helps stabilize interior temperatures and reduces the impact exterior environments have inside your home. However, if you don’t have sufficient attic insulation, the cool air provided by your air conditioner will be wasted. Attic insulation helps reduce heat transference both into and out of your home. If you’re not sure how effective your home’s insulation is, schedule an inspection with a qualified insulation contractor. They can advise you as to the proper amount and type of insulation that is best for your home.
3. Inspect the Air Ducts
If you have a ductless mini-split air conditioner from manufacturers such as Mitsubishi, then you can skip over this step, because you don’t have any ductwork! However, if you have a traditional, ducted air conditioning system, be aware that the ductwork that carries cool air throughout your home should be inspected and periodically cleaned to remove dust and other debris. Over time, various ductwork materials can be inadvertently damaged, deteriorate and suffer from dust buildup. This makes it difficult for air to efficiently travel through your home. If the ductwork is damaged, leaks can increase the chance that cool air escapes and hot air enters the ductwork, creating unstable temperatures, wasting energy and boosting your electric bill. Any needed repairs should be made as soon as possible.
4. Keep the Thermostat On
Rather than having your air conditioner fan set to “auto,” some people find it helpful to keep it switched to “on.” While this setting does use more energy, it does help to stabilize temperatures throughout your home. When the fan is running non-stop, the air in your home is constantly moving, mixing and stirring up the hot and cold spots resulting in a more even temperature throughout your home. This simple change will improve the chance of a stable temperature throughout every room in your home, because the longer your fan is on, the more uniform the temperature will be across each room. Remember, running the fan more will also require you to change or clean your filter more often.
If you’re experiencing uneven cooling throughout your home, contact us at Jon’s Plumbing & Heating. Our team of Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Contractors® offers AC repair that solves uneven cooling issues. We serve the Mount Vernon, OH, area using a selection of products that exceed government standards. If you need to install a new furnace or air conditioner, we offer Energy Star®-rated appliances that can increase your eligibility for tax credits or rebates. We’re proud to be an A+ rated and accredited company with the Better Business Bureau® and always strive for customer satisfaction. To learn more about our air conditioning services, visit us online or call (740) 520-2312 to schedule an appointment today.