Homeowners with multi-story houses may detect a difference in temperature from downstairs to upstairs. You may notice that your downstairs is colder than the upstairs if you have a forced-air system because heat rises. By the time the desired temperature reaches the second floor, the first is cold again.
Check out these tips to help bridge the gap in the heat discrepancies in your home!
Three Ways to Heat Your Home More Evenly
1. Adjust the dampers.
Vents that have levers or dials can control the airflow by adjusting the dampers. In winter, keep the dampers on the first-floor vents fully open and only partially open the vents on the second floor to force the warm air to enter the first-floor areas. (Tip: During the summer, restrict the airflow on the first floor and fully open the vents on the second floor to force more cool air upward!)
2. Utilize your ceiling fans.
Ceiling fans aren’t just for keeping you cool. Look for a switch on the base of your ceiling fan and set it so that the fan blades move in a clockwise direction on its lowest setting. This setting allows the fan to push the warm air that collects near the ceiling down the walls to keep the lower portion of the room warmer.
3. Have your air ducts checked for air leaks.
When an air leak is present in your duct system, the air meant for a specific destination seeps out before it can arrive. These leaks and tears in your ducts make your central air system work harder to compensate for the missing air which can lead to even more problems. Give Absolute a call to inspect your ducts if you suspect that leaks are contributing to the uneven heating and cooling around your home!