Arizona is blessed with some of the finest winter weather in the United States. Up north, when the trees go bare and the winds of winter blow, wise snowbirds migrate to the Valley of the Sun to enjoy the shirt sleeves climate. However, long time Phoenix residents know that desert nights can get downright frosty. Every year, there’s a couple of cold stretches with below freezing temperatures and true winter weather that may last a few days, a week or longer. November is the best time to prepare your home for the cooler temperatures ahead.
Depending on when your home was built, the age and condition of your furnace and how efficient your overall HVAC system is, you may experience the vexing problem of unbalanced heat in your home. You set your thermostat at the desired temperature, and most of the rooms in your house are toasty warm. Yet, one or two rooms seem chilly and, no matter what you do, the temperature is never quite right. There are a number of reasons for unbalanced heat distribution in homes, including:
Faulty, Leaky or Improperly Sized Ducts
Once heat is generated by the furnace, it’s up to the duct system to deliver the heated air evenly throughout your home. Leaky ducts can obviously allow hot air to escape and unfortunately, until a full inspection is performed, most homeowners will never know if their unseen ducts (hidden behind walls and above the ceiling) are faulty. Over the years, we have witnessed all kinds of duct work tragedies. It’s not uncommon for ducts to be loosened or damaged due to repairmen performing work on homes such as installing cables or remodeling. If your duct system has not been checked for years, it’s a good idea to have your entire duct system inspected. It’s also important to note, even if your ducts are not leaking, improperly sized ducts or a poorly designed duct system can cause problems especially for rooms furthest away from the heat source.
Your thermostat may be operating correctly, but unfortunately not delivering heat evenly to all the rooms in your home. How can it? Older thermostats placed in the living room or main part of the house cannot monitor the temperature in the far bedroom or bathroom. Many homeowners set the temperatures to compensate for temperature and distance when a better solution might be updating to a smart thermostat which can regulate temperatures throughout different zones in your home. Our experts can explain how the new thermostats can help save energy and keep your entire house comfortable.
Is Time to Replace Your Furnace?
Because of the moderate winters, most Arizona residents give little thought to the condition of their heating system. It’s just not a big priority for most Phoenix homeowners. However, if your home is 20, 30 or 40 years old, the furnace has likely not been updated. Houses built in the early ‘80s are approaching 35 years old and if you still have the original furnace, it may be wise to consider replacing your unit with an energy efficient heat pump or an EPA certified Energy Star furnace. Technology has greatly advanced home heating over the last 20 years, and many challenges you are experiencing with unbalanced heat in your home will be solved by updating your furnace. Why not have one of our experienced technicians perform an inspection of your old furnace to assess the efficiency not only of the furnace itself, but your entire system.
Plan Ahead and Be Ready for Winter
Scheduling service in November for the “H” in your HVAC is a great idea. Don’t wait until the first cold snap to fire up your furnace. It’s been a long summer with plenty of sizzling, triple digit days so right now as temperatures let up, heat is the last thing on most people’s minds. Your fall service will include cleaning the dust from your furnace and replacing dirty air filters as well as making sure your entire system is ready for winter.
An Ounce of Prevention
Preventive maintenance is the way to keep your overall HVAC repair costs down. Call us today to schedule a fall service and give yourself the gift of peace of mind for the holidays. Give Chandler Air a call today!