What Causes Uneven Indoor Cooling?
Have you noticed a discrepancy in the temperature room to room in your home? Uneven cooling is a common problem cited by homeowners, and one that may be caused by several different underlying issues. Some of these can be remedied by a few minutes of your time and a $15 part, while others may require professional inspection and evaluation.
Airflow is often the main culprit. Let’s look at the reasons why your airflow may be reduced in certain rooms.
- Blocked vents: This one is a simple, yet often overlooked problem. Furniture, debris, kids’ toys, curtains and other items can easily block vents from properly circulating air.
- Clogged Air Filter: The air filter is a quick and easy fix, and one that is a common culprit of lower air volume and force. We typically recommend changing out your filter every 1-3 months or as necessary.
- Issues with Ductwork: Think of ductwork as the highway responsible for funneling air and distributing it to its final destination: the rooms of your home. Ducts can leak from worn seals, corrosion, or loose fittings. They can also become clogged with debris from pests. All of which results in reduced airflow and cooling to particular rooms.
- An Aging Unit: IN other cases, an aging unit or fan motor might not be able to pump air as far, meaning rooms closer to the source of the AC unit remain cooler, while others remain warmer.