Now that the weather has finally taken a turn towards colder temps here in the Midwest, it’s only a matter of time before you have to kick on your furnace. You may often hold your breath as you turn the heat on for the first time in a while—you never know what problems may have developed over the summer.
Uneven heating in your home is a common issue, and there are several potential reasons why your furnace may not be heating your home equally. Here are some common causes and Wycoff’s solutions.
Blocked or Closed Vents
When you turn on your furnace be sure that all the vents in your home are open and not obstructed by furniture, curtains, or other objects. Closed or blocked vents can restrict the airflow to certain rooms, resulting in uneven heating.
Dirty Air Filter
A clogged or dirty air filter can reduce airflow, making it difficult for your furnace to distribute warm air evenly. Check and replace your air filter regularly, typically every 1-3 months. If you’re unsure about which air filter you need, or how to replace it, reach out to Wyckoff for assistance!
The ductwork in your home can develop leaks and cracks over time, causing warm air from your furnace to escape rather than heat the room. Contact Wyckoff to have a professional HVAC technician inspect and seal your ducts to improve airflow.
Some homes have multiple heating zones, which can be controlled independently. If one zone is set to a significantly different temperature than another, this can result in uneven heating. Make sure your thermostat settings are consistent or consider a zoning system for more precise control.
Poor insulation in certain areas of your home can result in heat loss, making those areas colder. Have your insulation checked semi-regularly to note if it needs to be replaced to prevent heat from escaping.
Regular furnace maintenance is essential. A poorly maintained furnace may not work efficiently and can lead to uneven heating. Schedule annual maintenance and repairs with Wyckoff to keep your furnace in good working condition.
The problem may not even be your furnace at all—a malfunctioning thermostat can also lead to temperature inconsistencies. Ensure your thermostat is calibrated correctly and consider upgrading to a programmable or smart thermostat for better, more efficient temperature control.
Let Wyckoff Help Heat Your Home Effectively
If you’ve checked these common issues and still have problems with uneven heating, it’s a good idea to consult with a professional HVAC technician from Wyckoff. We can assess your system and provide specific recommendations to address the problem, improving the comfort of your home. Call today to schedule an appointment before winter weather truly hits!