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Uneven Heating: Insulation and Filter Considerations

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basic ways you might be able to address and manage uneven heating taking place in your home this winter. Sometimes these issues are as simple as changing a thermostat or cleaning your ducts; in other cases, they’re more complex and may require the services of HVAC professionals. 

At Green Line Heating & Air, we’re proud to provide clients with a wide range of heating and furnace repair services, including for issues like these where some parts of the home are heating properly, but others are not. Here are some of the other areas you may need to look into when it comes to uneven heating, whether these are carried out on your own or with the help of our HVAC technicians.

Attic Insulation

In many cases, uneven temperatures in your home are being caused by problems with your attic insulation. If your attic insulation is lacking, or if no such insulation exists, cold air can flow into your home through cold floors in the winter, while warm air can leave your home via ceiling vents.

Proper insulation, however, will evenly distribute heat throughout your home in all areas. This allows you to lower your thermostat and save money, while still staying comfortable in your living space.

Clean/Replace Your Filter

In other situations, uneven heating will be taking place because your HVAC filter is so backed up with dirt and debris that it can no longer function properly. Too much accumulation on the filter will restrict airflow and reduce energy efficiency, as well as create uneven heating issues.

Rather, the filter should be replaced at least as often as is recommended by the manufacturer, and more often if necessary. For instance, if you have multiple shedding pets in your home that are often covered with fur, you may need to replace your filter every single month. However, if you have no pets or are otherwise very clean, you can likely get away with replacing the filter every 3-4 months.

Small Crawl Spaces

If you have a crawl space in your home, regardless of whether it is insulated or not, small pockets of warm air will be able to escape through the crawl space. Then, cold air can enter your home, upset airflow, and negatively impact heating performance.

To help prevent this from happening, you should insulate any crawl spaces in your home that are not already insulated. This will improve energy efficiency throughout your entire living space, while also preventing air from escaping.

For more on how to deal with any issues of uneven heating you’ve been noticing in your home this winter, or to learn about our HVAC services, speak to the team at Green Line Heating & Air today.