By the time you finally get into bed at night, you might not want nothing more than to watch a fun television show in your cool, air conditioned master bedroom. Unfortunately, if you are experiencing trouble with your air conditioner, you might find yourself in a stuffy, uncomfortable space instead. However, air conditioning trouble doesn't have to come as a surprise. If you can learn to recognize the signs of trouble early, you might be able to call in the professionals before things turn sour. On my blog, you will be able to read through loads of helpful information on HVAC, so that you can detect trouble before it ruins your sleep.
If you live in a multi-story home and have problems with uneven air conditioning flow that leaves some areas of the house too cold while others are too hot, then follow these tips to troubleshoot and eliminate the problem.
Tip: Check Each of Your Vents for Airflow When the System Is Running
Before you troubleshoot further and look for more serious air conditioning system problems, first, take the time to walk around your entire house and check the airflow from each and every vent. Place your hand in front of the vents and make sure you feel the same amount of air coming out of each one.
If you feel less air coming out of one or more of the vents, then this tells you that your house may have a section of ductwork that is leaking or has become detached. If the airflow is equal coming out of each vent, then your ductwork is not the problem.
Tip: Run Your Air Conditioning System on "On" Rather Than "Auto"
When you turn your thermostat to the "auto" setting, you will save money on your electric bills because the HVAC system will only run during the cooling cycle. However, this also means that as soon as the temperature in the room where your thermostat is located reaches the desired temperature, then the system will turn the air conditioner off. So, if the thermostat is in a room on the first floor, then it will turn on and off based only on the temperature in that one room. This can cause problems with rooms on upper levels staying too hot.
You can help balance the temperature in your multistory house by using the "on" setting instead of the "auto" setting. When the system is set to "on," the air in your home will continue to flow through your HVAC system, even when the air conditioner's compressor isn't running.
Tip: Consider Putting More Insulation in Your Attic
If the top story of your home is always too hot, then it is entirely possible your attic isn't properly insulated. This lack of insulation allows the cooler air inside to escape outdoors and the heat from outside to heat up the attic. As the air in the attic heats up, it heats up the ceiling of your top story rooms and this will make them a lot hotter than the rest of the house. If this seems to be the case with your house, then you should consider installing more insulation in your attic.
Contact a contractor, such as Environmental Contractors, if your air conditioner needs serviced.
19 May 2018