The Temperature in My House Is Inconsistent: Air Flow and Other Possible Reasons
The quality of your life at home based on the level of comfort, security, health and protection you can expect from your living spaces largely depends on your heating, ventilating, air conditioning (HVAC) system. It plays a central role to how your property functions, feels and even looks. After all, a faulty HVAC unit can lead to various problems that cause damage to the property, impact your lifestyle, and negatively affect your health and safety.
One of the most important functions of your HVAC system is to maintain a consistent, reliable indoor temperature in your home. Having the right room temperature all year round is essential in running healthy, safe, happy and productive living spaces.
However, it’s not uncommon for some households to notice temperature inconsistencies from time to time. This may be due to air flow problems and other possible reasons. The temperature may be fluctuating: One moment the room is sweltering, and then the next moment you notice that it’s freezing cold. Or, it may vary greatly from room to room.
Inconsistent indoor temperature can decrease the comfort of your home.
It can lead to various health problems. And it can cause your energy consumption (and therefore, your Southern Edison bills) to spike. Whatever the type of indoor room temperature differences that you are experiencing, it’s crucial to address the problem as soon as you notice it to prevent it from getting worse. Especially because as we have seen temperatures in Southern California are heating up during the summer and we are already seeing signs of a warm spring. If you live in a two story home, the upstairs may be much warmer this summer than you would like.
Check the airflow in your ducts
Contact your local HVAC company to check for airflow problems in your vents. This may be caused by the wrong placement or location of the thermostat. Perhaps the ducts in your HVAC system may have been improperly configured and so may not be aligned with the layout of the home. We find that rodent damage can be the cause of punctured ducts leading to improper air flow as well. Your technician will investigate how air travels throughout the property, see if changes need to be made with the configuration, and implement them as needed.
Assess the insulation in your home
Your HVAC technician may also see the condition of your insulation and ensure that there are no leaks which may cause the temperature to be inconsistent. When your ducts, windows, ceilings and other exits and entryways have leaks, they may cause air coming from your heating and cooling systems to escape instead of being maintained indoors. If your HVAC team discovers a leak, they can implement repairs, replacements or overall re-insulation as needed.
Identify possible HVAC system problems
Another common reason behind inconsistent indoor temperatures is a faulty HVAC system. The entire system may need to be repaired, or a certain component may need fixing or replacement. For instance, the air ducts may not have been fully closing and opening, or the vents may have been obstructed by debris. In some cases, it may be something as simple as your temperature controls being too worn out.
Your heating and cooling systems can be complex, so tracing the core problem can be tricky. To know the root cause of temperature inconsistencies in your home, call a trusted HVAC contractor immediately.