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Is Your House Off Balance?

All rooms are not alike.  Some are warmer when you’d rather they be cool, some are cooler when you’d rather they be warm.  How is this happening?  A number of variables could be having an impact.  For example, direct exposure to sunlight heats up a room – good in winter, not so good in summer.

Electronics could play a role here, if high-speed computers and accessories are plugged in, powered up and producing heat.  The height of the ceiling has an impact, as does the type of flooring.  Why, even the number of people in the room can raise its temperature.  And, no question, when the kitchen has an oven running at 350 degrees for an hour, don’t you think that’s going to make a difference?

No, all rooms are not alike, but that doesn’t mean the level of comfort can’t be the same.  And that calls for an understanding of the variables, along with an assessment of how well your home comfort system balances the different needs and efficiently delivers the warm or cool air you desire.

Two-story homes especially can see differences – with one or two rooms a long duct run away from the furnace or air conditioner, or from less insulation for rooms above garages. 

How to Get Balanced

As a homeowner, the first step for balancing the air on your own is to make sure return vents are open.  If the air isn’t being delivered, you can bet it’s not being balanced.  Check your windows and make sure they’re properly closed.  And clean or replace your air filter on a regular schedule. 

You may also want to have your home comfort system and the setup of your home evaluated by a professional.  Air balancing and air diagnostics can pinpoint inefficient areas and provide solutions.  These are tests that determine how well your system is performing and what adjustments need to be made. 

The effectiveness of your system depends on the amount of airflow, and if the system is low, the effects will be felt in an uncomfortable room.  A certified technician (like the ones here at <Company>) can measure this airflow and see how the system is performing.  He can then make a diagnosis to repair and balance the duct system for maximum performance.

If you have rooms that are too warm or too cold, just give us a call and we can come and evaluate your home.  Or just ask us about it when we are performing your Fall tune-up. 

Contact us for a Free Energy Survey and we will determine if your home has the proper airflow and give you recommendations.    Link to Online Form to Schedule Energy Survey