Does this sound familiar? You’re enjoying perfect temperature in the living room watching TV or having a coffee with a friend. However, when you go to your bedroom or home office afterward, it’s way colder there. You’re thinking, “How can this be? It’s supposed to be central heating!” Finally, you plug in a space heater in a feeble attempt to ward off the cold, all the while wondering what could be the problem with your heating system.

If that’s you, you’re not alone. Uneven heating is an issue in many Virginia homes due to a variety of causes. The good news is that there are lots of solutions.

 

Troubleshooting Central Heating – Issues To Check On Yourself

  • Dirty Air Filters. The easiest, cheapest, and most important thing you can do for proper heating and to preserve the life of your HVAC is to change the filters frequently. A filter clogged with dust and hair will slow down the heated airflow, so the rooms that are further from your furnace get less warm air than other areas, and your whole home gets less heat overall.
  • Blocked Air Vents. Go through your house room-by-room and see if any of your vents or registers are closed or blocked by drapes, equipment or furniture.
  • US Department of Energy: “If only half the typical loss of uninsulated and unsealed ducts that are in attics or crawl spaces were saved, it would amount to $160 off the total heating and cooling bill in a typical home. This savings is based on the national average use of natural gas and electricity for central heating and cooling at the national average energy cost of 70 cents per them, and 8 cents per kilowatt-hour. With these savings, the cost to seal and insulate the ducts would most likely be paid for after three years.”
  • Your Home’s Structure. Remember that thermostats only control the temperature where they are located. Many homes are structured in ways that make it hard for a heating system with only one thermostat to warm the entire house evenly. In that case, you might need a zoning system with more than one thermostat to control temperatures in different parts of the house. The cost of installing a zoning system can be partly offset by energy savings since your furnace will only heat the zones where you request it.
  • You Need a New Furnace. If your furnace is past 15 years of age, it may produce less heat. Your HVAC tech can advise you on this. Sometimes all it needs is a few minor adjustments, while in other cases it would be most cost-effective to get a new one.

 

 

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