Have you ever noticed that there is always one room in your house that is too hot or too cold? At Getzschman, we hear about weird temperature swings all the time from Omaha area homeowners. But why does it happen? Below are a few of the most common explanations.
Your Room is Far from the Air Conditioner or Furnace
When air leaves your furnace or air conditioner, it’s very warm or cool respectively. But as it races along the ducts to reach distant rooms of your house, you may get better airflow in the rooms closest to your heating and cooling system.
The further a room is from the AC or furnace, the harder it is to push that warm or cold air. This is especially true in 2 story houses, where the heating and cooling system is downstairs and it becomes difficult to cool the second floor during the summer.
Construction Issues with Your Home
Large windows, sliding glass doors or skylights are wonderful ways to brighten a room. They are also a source of heat transfer. Rooms with more glass and southern exposures will typically need more air conditioning and heating than other parts of the house.
High ceilings will also cause temperature imbalances. Since warm air rises to the top of cathedral ceilings, those rooms tend to stay cool in the summer but can be frigid in the winter. If you control your temperature to keep these rooms comfortable, other rooms can suffer.
Zoning Can Solve the Problem in Your Omaha Area Home
One of the best ways to solve the problem of temperature imbalances is to add a zoning system to your home. Instead of managing your entire home with one thermostat, you can create zones. If you have a two-story house, you might create a zone for each floor. If you have rooms that are typically warmer like the kitchen, or cool like a finished basement, you can create a separate zone for that room or group of rooms.
A thermostat is then placed in each zone, which allows occupants in the zone to set the temperature for their comfort level. Setting up your zoning is dependent on the setup of your ductwork, so have Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning check it out.
How A Zoning System Works
The thermostats are connected to a master control panel, which opens and closes dampers in the ductwork to restrict or allow airflow as needed in a specific zone.
Zoning lets you moderate how much energy you use, so in addition to keeping you more comfortable, a properly installed zoning system may also lower your utility bills. Have a room that is too hot or too cold? Give Getzschman a call to find out if a zoning system is the right solution for you.