We’ve all experienced the annoyance of temperature differences within a home. Maybe the upstairs bedrooms are stifling hot during the summer months, or the far back bedroom is always freezing cold. Most people naturally just crank up the heat or air conditioning to try to improve the situation. This is unlikely to work and may be causing more harm to your HVAC system than good. It is better to investigate what is actually causing the problem and find a solution that will work long-term for your home.

A woman wraps up with a scarf and blankets to avoid the cold

Temperature imbalances in homes can be caused by two main factors: environmental conditions and how the HVAC system is actually set up. Some problems have easy solutions, while others can be much more costly.


Environmental Factors

Environmental conditions are concerned with how the house is situated and the outside circumstances that affect it. Some environmental factors that affect temperature may include: which direction the home faces, whether some rooms are shaded by trees, the size and number of windows in certain rooms, and the general shape of the home.

For example, two story homes are naturally going to have more difficulty controlling upstairs temperatures. In the average home, there can be up to a 10 degree difference in temperature from the main floor to the upstairs, simply because hot air naturally rises. This environmental problem can be exacerbated by having a single thermostat that is located on the main floor that does not take into account the upstairs temperature.


HVAC Configuration Problems

Unfortunately, many temperature imbalances are actually caused by the way that the HVAC system was set up in the first place. Common HVAC problems can include:

  • An undersized system that does not allow enough airflow
  • A leaky duct system that is not properly sealed around joints and fittings
  • Lack of Insulation around ductwork and in the home in general
  • Less than ideal placement of the thermostat that causes the heat or air to turn off or turn on prematurely

There are many reasons why some rooms can be too hot or too cold, but luckily, there are also many solutions that can address these concerns. Possible fixes may include: adding insulation, finding and patching leaky ductwork, adding a zoning system with dampers, installing smart vents that can help heat and cool specific rooms on demand, installing a ductless mini split, and installing a 2nd HVAC system.

Problems within the HVAC system may be difficult to find and fix for homeowners, but a professional HVAC technician can easily perform an energy audit and inspection to see what will work best for your situation. You don’t have to continue to live with frustrating temperature imbalances throughout your home. Call the experts at Snowflake Air to help with all of your Meridian HVAC needs.