How to Evenly Heat Your Home01/07/2015Keeping your home a consistent temperature can prove to be a challenge as winter hangs around. There are a number of factors that play in to evenly heating your home as well as things to consider doing, or not doing, to make certain you’re keeping every area of your home comfortable during the chilly months, and month after month. One of the most common things that people do when they realize a room is overly warm during the winter is shut the vents. Most modern homes use forced air systems, and closing off vents to regulate room temperature can cause the system to become imbalanced and can unfavorably impact the performance of the system. Due to the way these systems operate, blocking vents effects the way the system “breathes,” reducing your energy efficiency. So how can you heat your home more evenly? Confirm the area around your cold air return vents is clear Your heating and cooling system doesn’t strictly push hot and cold air throughout your home, it also pulls out cold air to help achieve a specific temperature. You want to keep these vents clear from obstructions so that your system can pull out the cold air while supplying heat. Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance It’s talked about nonstop, and really can’t be said enough, but having routine maintenance completed on your system can relieve a lot of headaches. Whether it’s a dirty filter that needs replacing, or a larger issue with a circuit board, our pros will work with you to get your home back to its most comfortable state. A Quick Switch Depending on the arrangement of your home, some parts may have an easier time receiving and sustaining heat. One easy way you can evade this concern is by going to your thermostat and changing the fan setting from Auto to On. Making the switch allows your home’s air to constantly mix the air from all of the areas in your home, giving you a more even temperature. Of course these aren’t the only ways to ensure you’re getting the most out of your heating and cooling system, but if we wrote a blog on the endless number of ways you could heat your home more evenly, you’d be reading for a while. If you want to find out more about any of the tips above, or if you’ve run out of ideas and are still having trouble with uneven heating, give us a shout at 703-369-5528. Our pros are more than happy to work with you so you can experience the most comfortable version of your home.