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Factors That Contribute To Uneven Heating

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Proper distribution of heat is something that is likely desired by most homeowners. Unfortunately, some homeowners who have split-level homes may find it challenging to get their entire home at a consistent temperature. It is not uncommon for upper-level floors to be hotter than lower-level floors and basements. This is because hot air tends to rise. The uneven heating can be frustrating when individuals are located in different areas of a home. Some may find that it is too hot, and others may feel as though the temperature is perfect. Sometimes uneven heating is not related to the physics of hot air rising. The following points identify other causes of uneven heating.

Dirty Filter

This is the first thing that homeowners should check when they are having heat distribution issues. A dirty furnace filter is a safety hazard because it can cause a furnace fire. This situation can also negatively impact how air circulates. If changes in how your home heats suddenly occur, the filter is the first thing you should check.

Ductwork Issues

Leaks in the ductwork will result in heat loss. The location of the faulty duct will determine which rooms are most impacted. A heating contractor can inspect, repair, or replace ductwork if it is the cause of a heating problem.

Zone Control Issues

These add-ons are designed to create customized comfort. However, when they malfunction, it possible for the faulty readings to force heat into the wrong zone. For example, the system may force the heat from a lower level floor upwards. Heating contractors can reset zoned systems.

Thermostat Issues

The thermostat is a key portion of heating systems. Thermostats may register the wrong temperature in certain areas. It can cause issues when a thermostat is located on a lower floor. The upper-level floor(s) will likely get hotter, but the elevated temperature will not register on the thermostat due to its location. Sometimes thermostats register the wrong readings because they need to get recalibrated or replaced. 

Home Structure

Certain features in a home can cause uneven temperatures. Vaulted ceilings can impact how a home heats. A heating contractor might remedy this situation by installing a zoned thermostat. 

A heating contractor is a good resource to use to learn more about what may be causing uneven heating to occur in your home. There are a number of solutions they can offer if the overall system seems to be in working order. Sometimes amendments or additions to a heating system can make temperatures more bearable.