How to Fix a Hot Room
When you walk into your house during the summer, you want nothing more than to cool down. But if you’re like most homeowners, you can only do this in specific rooms of the house due to uneven temperatures.
If you’re turning the thermostat down and adding space fans just to feel comfortable in those hot rooms, in the winter, those rooms are probably colder than the rest of the home, requiring you to use other tactics to maintain a comfortable temperature.
There are a number of issues that keep rooms from cooling down.
Damaged Ductwork: Hidden behind your walls, depending on their age and if they were installed properly, your HVAC duct system may be leaking.
Air Filters: If you don’t change these out, following a consistent schedule, they could be so dirty that they cause issues instead of cleaning the air.
Poor Insulation: Whether it’s poorly insulated windows or generally poor insulation, the room will have a hard time maintaining a comfortable temperature.
So, where do you start to fix this issue? Continue reading to learn why your home may be struggling with uneven temperatures.
Clean Your Vents
Furniture isn’t the only thing that can block a vent and reduce airflow. Dirt and dust are a common issue reducing the amount of fresh air entering a space. Along with that, it also contaminates the air you breathe, leading to sick home syndrome. Sick home syndrome can lead to the common cold symptoms and more.
Make Sure Your HVAC and Ducts Are Properly Sized
Properly installed ductwork is designed to provide every room of your house with equally cool or warm air, depending on how your furnace is set up. Usually, the root of the ‘hot room’ problem lies within the HVAC system or the ductwork. Improperly sized ductwork usually affects the room farthest from the HVAC system the most. In this case, it is best to connect with an HVAC professional in your area to solve these problems.
Try These Tips
Maybe your home isn’t struggling with issues within the walls. There are quite a few ways to help with cooling down a hot room before thinking about calling a professional.
Checking your vents and being sure the airflow is easily coming out of the vents is key to ensuring adequate airflow. Make sure vents are not being covered by furniture.
If the problem is caused by degraded insulation, you can block the vents in other rooms for better reinforcement of fresh air reaching the hot room or add excess insulation to the walls. Although both will have similar effects, they are not ideal for long-term results.
Additionally, turning on a ceiling fan or putting up blackout curtains on the affected room’s windows can reduce the amount of sunlight entering the room. You may also try manually sealing the room’s windows to help with blocking outdoor air from coming inside.
How Duct Sealing Can Help
Leaky and aging ductwork is the number one cause of a hot room in the spring or summertime. Not only is your HVAC system working harder to ventilate all rooms of the home, but your energy bill is increasing at the same time because of the significant loss of air. An HVAC professional will be able to seal those leaks closed to improve the transfer of air throughout the home, making for more consistent temperatures from room-to-room.
These issues can also be the cause by the opposite problem of having a noticeably colder room in a home. Aeroseal’s duct sealing technology finds and seals leaks in your ductwork. A liquid sealant makes its way through your pressurized ducts to patch each leak from the inside. This is the most efficient process for duct sealing because it takes out the manual labor and finds leaks that could be inaccessible or are invisible to the naked eye.
The best way to achieve a consistently cool home in the summer is by unblocking your vents, cleaning them out, and hiring a professional team to come in and patch the holes up once and for all.
Aeroseal’s dealers sometimes offer a duct cleaning service along with Aeroseal duct sealing for more clean air to run through your home.
To speak with a professional and see how you can achieve cooler rooms during the warmer months, contact Aeroseal today.