Why Isn’t My Furnace Heating My Entire Home?

by AquaTemp

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If your furnace seems to be producing heat inconsistently around your Warman home, you’re not alone. Many homes have varied conditions from room to room causing spotty heating or cooling. On cold days, this can be a nuisance. For example, you may be confined to only a few rooms in your home. Or you might have to wear a coat and blanket just to function around the house.

We at AquaTemp want you to be comfortable at home; you deserve to be! Here are eight furnace system problems that could be causing uneven heat:

1. Poor insulation

If your ducts, windows, attic, or walls have poor or nonexistent insulation, you might have a problem. Heat is escaping, which can cause inconsistent heating. However, you can fix this relatively quickly.

Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) professional can perform a thermal analysis in order to figure out which areas need insulating. A professional can install insulation within hours and when compared to other home improvements, it is relatively affordable.

2. Duct problems

Leaky or blocked ducts can lead to patchy heating. You should take a walk around inside your home to see if any ducts are being blocked by furniture or carpeting.

Additionally, the insides of your ducts can have blockages, especially if they haven’t been cleaned recently. Leaks in your ducts are another enemy of even heating. If you think you might have leaky or blocked ducts, have a trained technician perform a thermal analysis.

3. Thermostat problems

Your thermostat might be in a location where it is receiving a draft, the sun is hitting it at certain times of day or it is in an area that doesn’t receive proper air flow. All these can lead to temperature fluctuations in the home and in different areas.

Your thermostat also might have heat-sensor issues causing it to produce the wrong temperature reading. A professional can diagnose this issue.

4. Improperly sized furnace

When a furnace isn’t in the right-size class for your SK home, it will usually produce poor heating. Undersized units lack the capacity to distribute and heat your entire living area.

Similarly, larger units short cycle, leading to inadequate heating. One of our experts can perform heat load calculations to determine whether your system is the correct size.

5. Lack of maintenance

When you don’t schedule routine maintenance visits, your system can lose its finesse. Dirty coils, worn/unsecured belts, and clogged filters are common mishaps. Due to these issues, you’ll have a weakened heating system.

But with proper maintenance, they are easily preventable. According to the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA), regular HVAC maintenance reduces costly breakdowns by as much as 95 percent.

6. Wrong-sized filter

Good airflow is key to dispersing hot air throughout your home. An undersized filter will create excessive resistance, leading to compromised ventilation. You can have your technician perform a static resistance test to see if it’s the right size. Improperly sized filters is one of the most common issues seen by AquaTemp’s field tech’s.

7. Need of zone control

Some homes have varied heating needs for different rooms. Fortunately, with a zone control system, you can adjust the temperature settings in multiple areas. If you live in a home having multiple stories, large windows, or a furnished basement, zone controls may be the best solution.

8.  Improperly designed ducting

Ducting that is not designed correctly for the home leading to rooms or areas that are either too hot or too cold. This seems to be a more common issue in 2 story, modified bi-levels and split level homes. While in many cases the remedies are not easy our team at AquaTemp can offer some solutions once they have assessed the home.

Call AquaTemp for All Your Heating Needs

Our professionals at AquaTemp provide furnace installations, repairs, and maintenance to our neighbors in Warman, SK, and surrounding regions. Call us today at 306-370-8678 or request service online for any additional questions or to schedule service.

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