Well it’s that time of the year Buffalo. We’ve begun to melt away the slush and snow and see the spring bloom commence. Though it is a wonderful time of the year for many Western New Yorkers feeling the sun return to our lives, it’s also the time to make sure everything is setup properly with your Central Air and Air conditioning systems. If your system is older than 8-10 years, you are probably losing efficiency and may even be causing problems to the system overall. Here are a few things to check on before the summer sizzle hits.
There are a few thing that may be causing uneven cooling within your multi story home or office. Maybe your bedroom feels like a sauna but the family room feels like an icebox. Here are a few things that may require a call to your Buffalo NY AC specialists.
Check the Vents
Check to make sure your vents aren’t blocked or dirty. This may seem simple but after months of shut in dust and lack of ventilation, dust and dirt are probable. Make sure no furniture or anything is blocking any of the vents in the room, and check for debris. Use a vacuum attachment to take care of any dust/debris. You can also redirect some cool air by partially closing some vents. This way the cool air will move past first floor vents.
Switch Fan from “Auto” to “On”
See that little toggle switch on your thermostat? Of course typically we would think to leave this on “Auto” right? If you’re running into uneven cooling problems, try changing the switch to “On”. When it is in the “auto” position, it only runs when there is a call for cooling and the outdoor unit is on and active. This differs from the “on” position, which tells the system to leave the fan on to circulate air, even after the system cooling cycle ends. This helps circulate the air throughout the home.
Have Your Ducts Checked For Leaks
Over time, your ductwork can naturally form leaks. When a leak occurs, the air escapes out of the vents and you lose that cool air where it needs to go. The holes or leaks in the ducts will definitely cause the central air to work harder, and can lead to further issues with the entire system. Having a professional inspect your ductwork for leaks to see if that could be contributing to the cooling problem in the home. Remember, regular AC maintenance is necessary for any central air system.
Consider Installing “Zoning Systems”
If you’re seeing no progress, give a call to a professional HVAC team. One solution could be investing in a zoning system, that can help tremendously with efficiency. Installing a zoning system can allow you to control each room’s temperature, compared to one central thermostat. Working with a Central Air specialist can help you choose what type of zoning system would be best for your current layout and system.
If you’re recognizing issues with uneven cooling from your Central air conditioning, something is probably going wrong. As we mentioned, if your system is old, you’re probably losing money on efficiency. Trying some of the more simple solutions may help, but you can always give Warm & Fuzzy a call to have us take a look at what’s going on. If you or someone you know is experiencing issues with Central Air, remember Warm & Fuzzy is always ready.