Temperatures in The Woodlands, Texas, are getting hotter, and as you run your AC more and more, you may notice that some spots in your home are delightfully cool, while others are humid and uncomfortable. When you notice uneven temperatures in your home, blocked vents, duct issues, and dirty filters are just some of the possible problems.
Your Vents Are Blocked
If you have furniture, carpeting, curtains, or something else blocking any of your air vents, you’re not going to have even cooling throughout your home. For one thing, the blocked vent is unable to service that particular room or area of the house, resulting in a warmer temperature there during the summer. For another, that blocked vent actually means your entire HVAC system needs to work harder to push air through the system and into your home.
Check that all of your vents have at least a foot and a half of open space around them. If they don’t, create that space and see if it helps to achieve a more even cool throughout your home.
You Have Duct Problems
From leaking ducts to crushed supply and return ducts, any sort of duct problem is going to impede the air flow into your home. Your AC could be working as hard as it can to cool the air, but if the ducts aren’t in top shape, some of that air is never going to reach your house. This may cause uneven temperatures and a disconnect between what your thermostat says and what you’re feeling. You can take a look at your own exposed ductwork, and if you see a problem, call a professional technician for repairs.
Your Air Filters Are Dirty
Air filters are an essential part of the HVAC system. They trap detritus and particulates and keep it from blowing through your home and messing up your indoor air quality. However, air filters can only hold so much dirt before they need to be replaced. Once they reach that maximum capacity, they’ll impede your AC’s ability to push air through the house because they’re so clogged. Plus, you’ll experience indoor air quality issues since the filters can’t trap anything else for you.
If it’s been more than two months and you haven’t changed your AC filters, this is one job you can do yourself. Check your manual to see what kind of filters your system can handle. When you go to install them, handy arrows on the filter tell you which way to put it in.
Your Thermostat Is Acting Up
Many things can go wrong with your thermostat; older thermostats can lose calibration and read the temperature incorrectly. Even newer programmable thermostats may only read the temperature on one floor. Sometimes the thermostat sits in the wrong part of the house, where outside influences like sunlight can alter the thermostat’s perception of the temperature inside.
The best way to figure out if your thermostat isn’t working well is to call an HVAC technician. If you’ve got an older thermostat, consider upgrading to a smart thermostat. These clever devices monitor your entire HVAC system and make adjustments to ensure it’s running at its most efficient. Many of them have zoning capabilities, too.
Your AC Is Incorrectly Sized
While this isn’t a definitive list, if you aren’t experiencing any of the above problems, you may have an incorrectly sized AC. Whether the AC is too big or too small for your house, you’re going to have a hard time reaching and maintaining your favorite indoor temperature with a badly sized AC. The only real way to tell if your AC’s size is the problem is with a load calculation, which you need a professional technician to do. Thankfully, an experienced HVAC tech will be able to calculate the size AC your home should have and recommend new products that fit your lifestyle.
At Integrity Comfort Solutions, we can help you troubleshoot your uneven temperatures and locate the cause of your discomfort. We’ll get your HVAC maintenance done and help you find new equipment to keep your interior at exactly the right temperature. Call us today at 281-346-3095.