You bought your home with the expectation that you could enjoy every space. But then you find that in the summer, one room just won’t cool down. What’s going on to make your home’s temperature so inconsistent, and is there anything you can do about it? Here are some reasons that one room in your home may be hotter than the others.
Don’t underestimate the power of the sun! It is common for south-facing rooms with large windows to be significantly hotter than the rest of your home. You can fix this problem fairly easily, by buying thick curtains and keeping them closed when the light would otherwise be pouring into the room. This should help reduce the temperature in the room significantly and make the home more energy-efficient as a whole.
2. Home Layout
Sometimes bad architectural choices end up forcing some rooms to be hotter than others. Unfortunately, you can’t just shift around the rooms in your home. However, an HVAC technician might still have a solution that can make up for poor home layout. It might involve running new ducts or installing a dedicated air conditioner for the space.
3. Air Duct Problems
While the layout of your home might be good from an HVAC perspective, the actual ducts that carry cool air through your home might have been installed poorly. If the warm room doesn’t have any ducts that lead to it, or has other duct-related problems, that could explain its heat. This is usually relatively easy for a professional to fix.
4. Poor Insulation
This room may be losing cold air (or, more accurately, letting heat in from outside) if it has poor insulation. Rooms that are on the exterior edge of the building or which are connected to the attic are especially likely to have this problem. The solution may be as simple as putting new insulation in the walls or attic. However, this could get complicated or expensive if there isn’t enough room in the space to accommodate a relatively inexpensive and thick insulation. Thin insulations can be excellent as repelling outdoor heat; they are just more expensive. A professional can walk you through your insulation options to help you solve the problem.
5. Air Conditioner Size
Is the warm room the furthest from the air conditioner? If so, it may simply be that your air conditioner is undersized for your home. It cannot generate enough cold air to make it all of the way to the furthest room. Or, perhaps its fan is undersized and it can’t get the cool air through the ducts. You could end up replacing your air conditioner, or you could add a supplementary system for just the neglected parts of the home, which is a cheaper option.
6. Thermostat Location
If your thermostat happens to be in a cold location in your home, then it may not get an accurate reading of the temperature of the whole home. This can result in one room, or more, being too hot. A professional HVAC technician in Manteca and Oakdale area, can help you fix this issue too.