There are a variety of things that might alert you to the fact that your air conditioner is not cooling your home evenly. You might notice that your living room is chilly but your study still hasn’t cooled to a comfortable temperature yet. If not a noticeable temperature difference, you might realize that your air conditioner is running more than usual or that your electric bill has gone up. Whatever the case may be, here’s what to do when your air conditioner isn’t cooling your home evenly.
Check Your Vents
Take some time to check all of your indoor air vents. Blocked, or even dirty vents can strangle airflow. This will result in uneven cooling in your home due to the blocked vents, and can also cause your cooling system to work overtime. Overworked air conditioning systems will have more problems arise, need more repairs, and ultimately will have to be replaced earlier than expected due to system strain.
Check Your Air Ducts for Leaks
When your home isn’t being cooled evenly and you’ve checked your vents, have a professional come check your air ducts next. Duct leaks go unnoticed in many homes, but they can lead to unusually high utility bills and even HVAC system failure if left unnoticed for too long.
A hole or tear in your duct system can result in air meant for a specific destination leaking out before it arrives. This will obviously result in uneven cooling of your home since some rooms receive more of the circulating cool air than others.
Like blocked vents, leaking air ducts will cause your cooling system to run more often than it should. Overworking your system for too long will lead to additional problems, and even to having to replace your system early.
Check Your Fan Settings
Another option to try when your home isn’t being cooled evenly is adjusting your fan settings. You can do this by changing your fan setting from the “auto” to the “on” position. When in the “auto” position the fan will only run when the system is actively cooling. While in the “on” position the fan will continue to circulate air even after the system goes off.
While this can help move air thoroughly through your home, running the fan can also add to your electric bill. If you find yourself needing to use this option often then you should contact an HVAC technician to evaluate your system.
Check Your Attic Insulation
The insulation in your home’s attic is what keeps your conditioned air from escaping. If your insulation is old, improperly installed, or not an appropriate R-value then you’ll just keep losing cool air through your attic. If you aren’t sure how to evaluate your attic insulation, contact a professional to come and check it for you. Upgrading your attic insulation can not only make a difference in the temperature of your home, it can also save you money on your electric bill.
Consider a Zoning System
Home zoning systems are one of the most efficient ways to ensure your entire home is cooled how you want it. A zoning system lets you control the temperature in a certain preset “zone” of your home, whether it’s by room or by floor. The number of zones and how they are configured depends on your current HVAC system. Having a zoning system set up can also save you money in the long run by letting you run your system less where it isn’t needed.