Uneven heating and cooling in your Dallas home can be uncomfortable, frustrating and costly. If one part of your house is consistently too hot or too cold, it could be due to a ductwork problem. Here’s how to find out if there is an air duct problem and what you can do in order to have improved comfort and energy efficiency.
Check for Vent and Ductwork Obstructions
Something as simple as debris or dust in your ducts or vent opening could cause the uneven heating and cooling in a room, explains the Environmental Protection Agency. Remove the vent cover and use a flashlight to see if anything is near the vent. Listen closely when your heating and cooling system turns on. If you hear a rattling sound when the furnace or air conditioner cycles, there could be a loose duct problem.
Schedule an Air Duct Inspection
An HVAC technician has heat sensors that can measure the airflow in each room of your home. They also have cameras to check for duct problems. A small gap, loose connection or crack in a duct could cause the heated or cooled air to leak into the walls, attic or crawlspace of your home instead of reaching a particular room. A professional ductwork repair could fix this, resulting in improved comfort and better energy efficiency of your heating and cooling system.
Consider Zoned Climate Control
Once your ducts are clean and in good condition, you may want to ask an HVAC technician about zoned climate control. This refers to setting up separate zones in your house, and each zone can have its own temperature setting. It is a good solution for parts of your home with a lot of windows facing south or west because they get the most sunlight exposure. Zoned climate control could also benefit older homes with insufficient ducts.