Why Is My Furnace Producing Uneven Heat Distribution in My House?

Your furnace is like your heart. It’s located in one central area of your house and it distributes heat through air ducts like blood through arteries. When you’ve been sitting on your foot for too long and it falls asleep, this is because you blocked the flow of blood to your feet. The same goes for your furnace. If there is something blocking the airways to particular rooms or areas of your house, you won’t feel the heat in these rooms. Uneven heat distribution in homes can be caused by a few things, including a blockage in your vents. If you notice that some rooms are cooler than others, call a heating specialist from Gibson Heating and Cooling to check it out. We have the solutions and the expertise to make sure your entire house is comfortable all year round.

Common Causes of Uneven Heat Distribution In Homes

There are many reasons you may be experiencing uneven heat distribution in your home. Some causes are an easy fix, while others require a professional heating technician to solve. Try some of these fixes, and if none of them work, call Gibson. 

Clogged Air Filter

Air filters perform a very important role for your HVAC system. They filter the air and catch all the particles, allergens, and debris that’s floating in your air ducts. It’s a good rule of thumb to replace your air filter every 90 days. You can buy most air filters at your local hardware store. If you notice uneven heat distribution, a common culprit is a clogged air filter. Replace your air filter and see if this helps the heat distribution in your home. If not, then you may need to call a reliable heating and cooling company like Gibson. 

Leaky or Clogged Ductwork

Ducts are made of a malleable metal that expands when heated and contracts when cooled. It’s not uncommon for ducts to develop cracks and leaks over time. Another reason for uneven heat distribution could be leaky ducts, which can cause some rooms to feel colder than others. It’s important to patch up these leaks because rodents, insects, and other pests can make homes in your duct work and clog it. Nests and debris buildup can prevent rooms from getting the warm air they need. Call Gibson for a thorough duct cleaning to keep the air circulating in your home. 

Aging or Improperly Sized Furnace

Just because you noticed that every room in your home isn’t at the proper temperature, it doesn’t mean that your furnace is dying. Furnaces tend to last 15-20 years with proper maintenance. If your furnace is getting old, uneven distribution of heat could be a sign that it needs repairs. If you’re new to your home and you find that your furnace seems to be running constantly, it might be because your furnace is too small for your home. If your furnace is not sized properly to your home, it might have a hard time heating every room. 

Thermostat Placement

Thermostats need to be in a location where they can get a good average temperature of the house. Sometimes if the thermostat is located too close to the furnace, it only reads the rooms that are heated up first, and not the rooms in the places furthest from the furnace. Sometimes, a thermostat in a particularly sunny room can also cause issues. Your thermostat might think the house is warmer than it is and shut off your furnace prematurely. 

Poor Insulation

Older homes tend to have old insulation which can lead to heat loss. Homes with poor insulation and thin walls cannot retain the heat generated and will waste energy. Even if the poor insulation is only a problem in a specific room, your system will run for longer and will use more energy, making it more expensive to heat your home in the long run. 

Gibson Can Help Fix Uneven Heat Distribution In Your Home

Colder weather is right around the corner. Make sure your furnace is running efficiently before you wake up to a freezing bedroom. Call Gibson Heating and Cooling to troubleshoot why you’re experiencing uneven heat distribution in your house today. 

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