Imagine this scenario: Temperatures are getting chillier outside. You’re feeling colder and colder, and realize you need your heater to make you more comfortable.
So, you go adjust the thermostat so the heater cycles on sooner. There’s just one problem… your heating system is still not getting your home as warm as you’d like.
The heater is operating but it’s not doing it well. So what’s next?
Do you suffer in silence and just keep turning the thermostat up? No, not at all! You can call on our pros and get your comfortable home back. And while you wait for one of our technicians to come, read below to find out why this unfortunate scenario might be happening.
Cold Air Is Leaking Inside Your Home
The good news is, this isn’t necessarily a problem with your heater but rather your home’s thermal envelope–meaning the physical barrier that protects the interior, climate-controlled environment from outdoor weather.
To seal this envelope, you can contact our team to assess where the problem areas are. In some cases, you may be able to do some weatherstripping on your own with caulking around drafty windows and doors to solve the problem. It could also benefit you to invest in a door sweep for the front door for extra draft protection.
Your Heating System Is Not Covering Each Room
So here’s the thing… heat rises! We all learned this pretty early on. This means if you have a two-story home, as long as you have great attic insulation your second story is going to warm up faster than the first floor. If your thermostat is installed upstairs, this means it’s going to detect the warm temperature and shut your heater off, leaving anyone on the first floor still shivering.
There are a few potential solutions to this. First, if you have drafty doors like we mentioned above, then resolving that could help. Alternatively, you might need more insulation, which we’ll touch on in a moment. Lastly, you might benefit from “zoned” heating.
Have you heard of a ductless HVAC system? It’s a heat pump that has individual air handlers, each of which can be independently controlled. There are a number of advantages to going ductless, and even heating is just one of them!
You Need More Insulation
If the level of insulation in your home doesn’t match your home’s needs, or if that insulation is damaged by moisture, then you can’t count on the heat from your heater staying in the home for very long. Ask us about your insulation options to make not only your heater more efficient, but your air conditioner too!
Your Air Filter Is Old
Did you know that your HVAC air filters are in place to protect the interior components of your heater and air conditioner? You need to change these air filters every 1-3 months during periods of HVAC use. What happens if you have an old air filter–meaning one that is likely clogged up with dust and debris–is that it restricts airflow.
When airflow is restricted, your heater is going to struggle to reach the desired temperature on your thermostat!
Your Heating System Needs Repairs
Over the years, your heating system will suffer from natural wear and tear. This can include worn motor bearings, broken fans, and other issues. When these repair needs go unaddressed, your heater will struggle to work at its full capacity.
The best way to fend off the worst of heating system repair needs is with routine maintenance. So, if you haven’t scheduled that yet for this year, now’s the perfect time!