Correct heat distribution within the home is a common problem many homeowners face. Lifestyles and living habits, home construction and room usage can all make it difficult to heat your home less than perfectly comfortable. However, there are some ways that you can ensure your home is warm and comfortable even during the depths of winter.
One of the best ways to ensure proper heat distribution is to install ceiling fans in the rooms that you use most frequently. Because warm air rises, ceiling fans can help to redistribute the heat within a room, helping you stay more comfortable. If you already have ceiling fans installed but are not noticing a big difference in your comfort level, check your fan settings. Your ceiling fans should be blowing down, or pulling air from the ceiling and forcing it down toward the living areas.
Adjust Your Vents
First, it’s important to understand that most HVAC professionals actually recommend not fully closing any vents to make sure that your system operates at peak efficiency. However, that does not mean you cannot partially close vents. Vents in rooms that are not heavily used should be closed about ¾ of the way. This will limit the amount of warm air put into those unused rooms. You can also consider closing the doors of these rooms and other unused areas to keep more warm air in the commonly used areas of your home.
Check Your Filter
Changing the filter on your HVAC system should be a part of routine maintenance, and should be done every few months. However, if it has been some time since the filter was changed and you have noticed a reduction in heating performance, you might check your filter. Dirt, dust, pollen, pet hair and other debris will clog up a filter, making it harder for your system to pump the needed air through the ducts. Replacing your filter will help ensure that you have the proper amount of airflow throughout your home.
Call for Help
If you try these methods and nothing works, then there might be a problem deeper in your heating system. The best option now is to call a professional to troubleshoot your furnace. There are many different things that can affect the heat produced here, and most of them are not things that can be checked by a homeowner.