Improve Your Home Comfort with Uneven Temperature Solutions
During the winter or summer months of the year, many homes experience very uneven temperatures from one room to the next. Therefore, GHA takes a closer look at why some homes contain large temperature variations. As a result, homeowners gain a better understanding on resolving this irritating comfort problem once and for all. As a result, improve your home comfort by learning about uneven temperature solutions.
Prevent Uneven Temperatures by Ensuring Proper Insulation & Air Sealing
Typically, homes that experience large temperature differences in winter or summer usually contain poor insulation. Additionally, these home likely include connections to the outside air. For example, these home often miss or incorrectly installed insulation (the thermal barrier). Or, the various rooms contain virtually non-existent air sealing (the pressure barrier).
When homes are poorly insulated and very connected to outside through many holes, cracks and gaps, temperature variations outside of the home cause immediate temperature swings inside of the home. In contrast, well-insulated and air sealed homes contain relatively even temperatures. These homes frequently “coast” for long periods of time without the need for the heating or cooling systems.
In some homes, rooms that contain large window and glass door areas on the southern and western exposures experience large temperature swings (usually in the afternoon and evening). The solar gain coming through the windows causes large changes in room temperatures in just a few hours. Similarly, at night when the outside air temperatures dip to their lowest point, the large glass areas allow heat to escape quickly causing these rooms to cool much quicker than other rooms in the home.
Prevent Uneven Temperatures by Ensuring Proper HVAC Systems
Finally, many homes contain the incorrect amount of heated air or cooled air provided by the HVAC system. For example, duct leaks or improperly sized ducts create uneven temperatures between rooms. When this happens, rooms will not get the necessary amount of heated or cooled air to make them comfortable during warmer or colder seasons of the year.