Are certain areas of your house cold while others seem absolutely hot—regardless of the season? Most homeowners think that home hot flashes or chill zones are just something they have to live with, but the good news is, you don’t have to tolerate a fluctuating interior climate. Follow these tips to maintain even room temperature year round.
A little insulation goes a long way towards temperature maintenance. “Other solutions are a secondary consideration to having proper insulation in your walls,” says Mike Fishbeck, client account manager for The Wills Company, which specializes in residential remodeling and home energy solutions. Make sure all rooms of your home have insulation in them, and don’t forget that unfinished attic. The type of insulation needed will depend on the room, your budget, and the kind of temperature control needed. You’ll likely want to retain a professional for this solution, but it’s worth it. Not only will it make your home more comfortable, it can make all the difference with your heating and cooling bills during the year.
Despite recent developments in window manufacturing, large windows in a room can disrupt the inside temperature. Cold air can creep into your home through glass panes in the winter, and unless you have windows with low solar heat gain coefficients, you’ll likely have heat gain in the summer. Fishbeck suggests you consider installing some external shades or awnings to block t
he sun from hitting the west-facing windows. Interior shades, blinds and curtains
can help reduce both solar heat gain and heat loss that cause temperature unevenness year round.
Check all the heating and cooling vents to make sure nothing is obstructing them. Periodically remove the grates from the vents and vacuum out any debris that has accumulated. “Clearing the vents lets them work evenly,” explains Fishbeck, “which helps to alleviate varying tempera-
tures in room.” If cleaning the top part of the vent doesn’t let air flow freely, and then you might need help from a professional who can inspect deeper areas of the vent for blockages and other problems.
Change the filters in your HVAC units regularly. “This basic task is one that’s all too frequently overlooked by homeowners,” says Fishbeck, “yet can greatly affect how your unit runs.” Some filters are created to last for about a month, while others may perform for up to 3 months.
Write the date on the filter frame when you install it, making note of when you should replace the filter (set a reminder on your smartphone!).
Keep tabs on your filter, especially during months of heavy use. A 3-month filter may only last 2 months in the middle of summer or the deep of winter.
Thanks to Wills Handyman for today’s tips on home temperature maintenance!