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How to Get the Right Temperature Throughout Your House

When it comes to heating your home, there are many things you can do to maximize your heater's efficiency and minimize your energy and heating bills. Many homes can have problems with even heating or cooling throughout the house—some areas might be hotter than others while some rooms might have a perpetual chill.

Contact our Demopolis heating experts today at (334) 231-6980 to learn more about how we can assist you and your home. We proudly assist customers in Thomasville, Livingston, Eutaw, and throughout West Alabama.

Keeping You Comfortable

At Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Electric, we have solutions that can help you even out the temperature for a more comfortable living. We have a few ways to get better control over the HVAC throughout your house without breaking the bank.

Some of our general considerations include:

  • Windows: Some rooms are often warmer than others because of the amount of sunlight. In the northern hemisphere, southern-facing rooms get hotter because of this sunlight. Installing the right drapes or blinds prevents the space from overheating. On the other hand, you can turn down your heat on a sunny winter’s day and let the sun do the work.
  • Leaky construction: If outside air enters your home through cracks in the wall or spaces around windows, this prevents your HVAC system from doing its job, particularly with extreme outdoor temperatures. Have a professional fill in gaps where possible and consider renovating your building exterior to tighten up the construction to keep your rooms warm in winter and cool in summer.

Air System Control Residential air systems generally have ductwork that’s sized to provide a certain amount of airflow to each space. Your system may have balancing dampers at the main branches. If not, this is something you can discuss with a professional. You can also control air with dampers in the grilles. That lets you reduce or close off the airflow to a space. More elaborate systems have dampers connected to thermostats. These open and close the dampers to allow airflow as needed for the space. In cases like this, the fan speed varies to provide only what is needed.

Hydronic System Control

As with air systems, sizing the distribution of hot water throughout the system is the first method of sending the right amount of heat to each radiator (or “rad”). Hot water flows into the rads is controlled by a control valve, which may be connected to an individual thermostat in the space or to a central thermostat. If you have problem areas that need more control, a contractor can add a thermostat and control valve only for the rads in that space.

Other Methods of Zone Control

Depending on your system and home’s construction, you may have to resort to adding heat in certain rooms with a space heater. Or you may have to use a fan in winter to cool down an overheated space. When doing this, be aware of the risk of increases to your utility bill as your central system works harder to overcome the additional load.

If you want more control throughout your home, give us a call and we can assess your system to ensure so your home is more comfortable this winter. Contact our Demopolis heating and cooling specialists today at (334) 231-6980.

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