Why Is My Home Always the Wrong Temperature?
Written By: City View Plumbing & Heating
Especially in Minnesota, keeping an acceptable temperature in your home is often an uphill battle. Whether it’s 90 degrees and humid or -30 and windy, you need the proper systems in place to mitigate the ambient temperature and distribute room-temperature air efficiently throughout your home.
If you feel that your home is always the “wrong” temperature, you are not alone. Especially in places that experience massive temperature swings, maintaining a comfortable indoor environment can entail a lot of energy and adaptation. The technicians at City View have been servicing the systems that govern home temperature for 65 years – from our experience, here are some of the most common reasons your home may be uncomfortable in any given season.
1.Your Furnace Needs Maintenance
You don’t want to be left without heat during a major cold snap. When it comes to the furnace, think of it as the engine of your home. You wouldn’t drive 50,000 miles without changing your oil, would you? Oftentimes, lackluster furnace performance is due to a simple fix, such as neglecting to change your furnace air filter. You should be changing the filter every 1-3 months for 1″ filters, and 3-6 months for 4″ filters. It is also good practice to schedule a yearly clean-and-check of your furnace by an experienced professional. This technician will be able to diagnose any budding problem areas and recommend a solution before it develops into a major heat mishap. Preventative maintenance will help ensure your home is toasty during the coldest of days.
2. Your A/C System Needs Repair or Replacement
Systems that are under stress become less efficient over time – and eventually wear out. Your air conditioning network is complex and requires the harmonious performance of various key parts. If the ductwork is filled with debris, or the various components of your A/C unit are rusted, corroded, worn, or misfiring, your system will not run at full capacity. This can result in your home not being able to effectively cool to the right temperature, especially in the summer. Your system could also be improperly reading the indoor temperature and producing too much cold air to compensate for this incorrect reading.
The team at City View has decades of experience servicing, repairing, and installing all the leading brands of air conditioners, condensing units, and air filtration systems. We can evaluate your existing system and offer guidance on updates or total replacement that fits your preferences and budget.
3.Your Home Is Poorly Insulated
If your home is not properly insulated, outside conditions will leak through the cracks and crevices of your exterior and counteract the heating or cooling going on inside. This, in turn, will cause your systems to work even harder, running up your energy bills.
Addressing the insulation of your home is generally simple if you know where to look. Siding is a great way to increase the heat retention of your home and is generally affordable. If your roofing system is old, the insulation may have degraded with time, and if you never spend time in your attic, you might never know. Consulting with a roofing expert can help solve this issue promptly. Lastly, old or poor-fitting windows can create drafts due to lackluster seals. Using high-quality window inserts is a simple and effective solution to invasive outdoor temperature leaks.
Make Your Home More Comfortable with City View
For nearly 70 years, City View Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning has been serving the homes of our local community with excellence and diligence. We have the expertise and product knowledge to help address the problems of your home’s most important systems and, most importantly, provide solutions.
Schedule an appointment today for a professional servicing tech to make sure your furnace or air conditioning system is functioning safely and effectively.