This is a great article in response to a homeowner frustrated with a specific room in his house. Comfort issues can happen in any climate or geography. However, the author’s answer is both right and wrong. Read below to avoid using your money on ‘trial and error’ solutions.
“Dear Jake: Uneven heating and cooling between the floors is actually a common problem for owners of multi-level homes. Unfortunately, the solutions can vary, depending on the problem. Reasons for temperature variances between floors can range from restricted air flow from the furnace to the registers, to inadequate or improperly sized and sealed ductwork, to a heating and cooling system that’s not sufficient for the size of the home.
I would start by having an energy audit done on your home. Many utility providers offer these assessments for free. However, those audits can be limited in scope. A reputable energy auditor can thoroughly assess your home for areas where you’re losing energy and offer advice on how to correct the problem.
If it’s been a while since you’ve had your heating and cooling equipment inspected, I definitely recommend you have that done as well. A qualified technician can determine if the equipment is working properly and operating at its peak efficiency.
Another thing highly rated heating and cooling companies recommend is to keep your thermostat fan set to the “On” position. This allows the blower on the furnace to run continuously, better circulating the air more evenly throughout the house.
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Fortunately, the author told him to get an energy audit first. Unfortunately, the author then suggested that his comfort issues is a heating and air problem. If this homeowner decides to bypass the audit and go straight to a heating and air technician first then he will probably spend a pretty penny fixing things that won’t solve his comfort issue at all. Or maybe they will fix it but end up also driving up the power bill?
Rather, the energy audit will identify the root cause and focus the homeowner on solutions that actually fix the problem. But why isn’t the heating and air causing this issue? Read my earlier article about stack effects in multi-story building. As you can see the comfort issues in this single room can have absolutely nothing to do with heating and air and everything to do with insulation. You won’t know unless you get an energy audit.
To be fair, the auditor might find some issues specific to the heating and air as mentioned in the above article. If so, then be confident it is a good investment but starting with heating and air puts you in the ‘trial and error’ game. That is expensive. Do you want to spend several thousand dollars only to find out after it didn’t work? Diagnose the patient before you treat the patient!
Let me know if this helps or if you have any questions?