Is Your Home Unevenly Heated?

It may be more of a mild winter this year in the Pacific Northwest, but it’s still cold enough to be using your furnace regularly. If you have noticed that your furnace isn’t heating your entire home well, or that the temperatures are inconsistent from room to room, this can be frustrating, leaving you to bundle up and wear an extra layer. If this sounds familiar, here are some issues that might be causing the problem of uneven temperatures throughout your home.

#1: Not enough insulation
If you do not have enough insulation, or if the insulation in your windows, attic, basement, or walls is old and inefficient, the warm air that your furnace is putting out could be escaping and allowing cold air to seep in. Take a close look at the insulation around your home and analyze which areas need to be insulated for the first time or which areas could have more added. This is an affordable way to keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. 

#2: Neglecting preventative maintenance
If you don’t stay on top of regular maintenance appointments for your furnace or heat pump, your system could be prone to unexpected breakdowns or problems. Dirty coils or blower motors, clogged filters, and unsecured belts are just some of the things that could be wrong with your system that could play a part in the system’s efficiency in heating your home. If you don’t have a professional regularly check your system, you could be risking a machine breakdown that could have been preventable.

#3: Faulty thermostat
Your thermostat is key to the efficient functioning of your furnace or heat pump. If you regularly keep the furnace set to “auto”, try changing it to the “on” setting to see if the temperatures are more evenly distributed to your home. If that doesn’t work, make sure the batteries are working right and that your thermostat doesn’t have any issues with faulty wiring or sensors that could be causing it to set the wrong temperature. If your thermostat is out of date, consider installing a new programmable thermostat that allows you to program the temperature to be what you want, when you want it. Talk to us about some of our favorite programmable thermostat options.

#4: Leaky ducts.
If there are ducts around the home that are being blocked by furniture, be sure to remove those so the air can flow freely inside the room. In addition, if there is ductwork inside the home that has holes or cracks in it, it could not only be allowing in dust, debris, and allergens to your home, but it could also be causing warm air to leak out. Our team at Specialty Heating and Cooling will clean the ductwork as thoroughly as possible with a powerful HEPA level filtration machine. In 4 to 6 hours, you’ll have clean ducts and you’ll be able to breathe the air in your home knowing that it is clean. Sealing your home’s ductwork through the patented Aeroseal® system means you’ll keep toxins out. It fixes leaks from the inside out by using small aerosol particles that collide and stick to the leaks. With a 98% success rate, you can’t go wrong.

If you are tired of having a home that is unevenly heated, let us help you find a solution! Contact us today!

Top Reasons to Upgrade Your Air Conditioning During Winter

The new year has officially started, and we are surprisingly experiencing warmer temperatures than in years past.  We have customers that are already thinking about spring and summer weather and getting their air conditioners installed and ready to go. Here are some top reasons to upgrade your air conditioning during the winter months.

#1: You can choose a time that’s convenient for you to have it installed.
If you have ever needed to make an appointment for air conditioning repairs or installations during the peak of the summer heat, you know that it may take a little patience to get on the books! In the winter, however, our team of technicians have more flexibility in their air conditioning installations. We are happy to work with your schedule to find a time that is convenient for you. If your air conditioner had to undergo several repairs in the last year or two, it is likely a sign that the system is in its last days. Replacing it now means you won’t need to worry about an unexpected breakdown when you need it most.

#2: You can do your research and ask questions.
We understand that installing a new heating or cooling system is a big investment for your home. It requires researching and asking questions about which system is right for your home’s layout and your budget. If your system has not been replaced in a decade or more, the technology is likely out of date and it simply is not as energy efficient as it could be. If you upgrade now, you can take the time you need to talk to our experts at Specialty Heating & Cooling so you can be sure you understand your options completely. We will talk to you about what energy efficient updates have been made to new systems in the last several years, what smart thermostat options are out there now, and will offer options that fit within your price range. Replacing your AC system now rather than when you are forced to, gives you more opportunity to relax and do your research rather than having to make a decision when you’re pressed for time.

Your AC system is key to stay comfortable once the summer weather hits, but you certainly don’t have to wait until the summer to start thinking about adding or replacing your air conditioner. Our team has been helping customers find the right heating and cooling systems, in both the residential and commercial sectors for the last three decades. We’re standing by to talk to you about what options could work for you, so contact us today!