How to Evenly Heat Your Home01/07/2015Ensuring your home is a consistent temperature can prove to be a challenge as winter hangs around. There are a number of factors that play in to evenly heating your home as well as things to contemplate doing, or not doing, to make sure you’re keeping every corner of your home comfortable during the chilly months, and year after year. One of the most common things that people do when they realize a room is too hot during the winter is close off the vents. Many modern homes use forced air systems, and closing off vents to control room temperature can cause the system to become imbalanced and can unfavorably impact the performance of the system. Due to the way these systems run, closing vents effects the way the system “breathes,” decreasing your energy efficiency. So what can you do to help make your home heat more evenly? Confirm the area around your cold air return vents is clear Your heating and cooling system doesn’t exclusively push hot and cold air throughout your home, it also gets rid of cold air to help achieve a specific temperature. You want to keep these vents clear from obstructions so that your system can remove the cold air while giving you heat. Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance It’s preached constantly, and really can’t be said enough, but having routine maintenance scheduled for your system can get rid of a lot of headaches. Whether it’s a dirty filter that needs swapped out, or a larger issue with a circuit board, our team will work with you to make your home as comfortable as it can be. A Quick Switch Depending on the design of your home, some parts may have an easier time receiving and retaining heat. One simple way you can get around this issue is by going to your thermostat and switching the fan setting from Auto to On. Making the switch allows your home’s air to constantly mix the air from all of the rooms in your home, giving you a more even temperature. Of course these aren’t the only ways to know that you’re getting the most out of your heating and cooling system, but if we wrote a blog on all of the ways you could heat your home more evenly, you’d be reading for a while. If you want to learn more about any of the tips above, or if you’ve run out of ideas and are still having an issue with uneven heating, give us a shout at 703-754-1062. Our experts are more than happy to work with you so you can experience the most comfortable version of your home.