Complete Guide on Home Air Conditioning Systems

Why You Have Uneven Cooling In Your Home

What is an HVAC System?

An HVAC system is a mechanical system that provides fresh air ventilation, removes the heat, and transfers heat. It mainly includes an air-handling unit, ducts to distribute the conditioned air to various rooms or zones within the building, filters to remove particles from the conditioned air before it enters its destination room/zone, heating, and cooling coils for controlling the temperature in each room or zone of the building.

Homes and HVAC Systems That React Differently to Different Temperatures.

When considering the purchase of a home, one must also think about the HVAC system. Air conditioning is crucial in the summer months, and heating is necessary during winter.

There are three different types of homes that react differently to different temperatures: single-zone homes, dual-zone homes, and zoned homes.

Single zone homes don’t have central air conditioning or heating systems; they only provide local cooling and heating for specific rooms. Dual-zone homes offer more comfort than single-zone homes because their HVAC systems provide both cooling and heating. Zoned houses let homeowners control individual zones (rooms) with different temperatures to make them comfortable for various activities like sleeping or cooking dinner.

Common Problems with AC in the Heat of Summer

Because of the hot summer temperatures, people often neglect their AC units and do not get them serviced when they should. This leads to many problems with the AC. From making the home too cold at times to overworking and blowing out circuits to not working at all – there are several problems that can arise.

Air Conditioning System Neglect

There can be a lot of neglect happening in the air conditioning system that leads to a lot of problems. Simple negligence or lack of knowledge can cause the deterioration of the air conditioning system. There are several things that could be done to help prevent this from happening.

Some things that should be checked on a regular basis are:

– Filters should be checked at least every month and once a year if they haven’t been changed.

– The fan should run for 15 minutes after the compressor has been turned off to make sure it’s in good condition and will start up again in the future when needed.

– When turning off your air conditioner in winter, make sure to turn it back on again when spring arrives.

Leaking or Damaged Ductwork Causes Uneven Cooling

Leaking or damaged ductwork can cause uneven cooling and other problems.

Leaking or damaged ductwork should be repaired as soon as possible. This will prevent the unit from having to work harder to cool the house, which can lead to high energy bills and a shorter life for your cooling system.

How to Determine if You Have Leaking Ductwork

If the ductwork is damaged or leaking, there are a few signs. One, as we have discussed throughout this article, is uneven cooling. This may be noticeable by rooms being warmer than others, yet their exposure to the sun is similar.

You may notice the volume of air coming from the vents, with them open, is lower or, in some cases, non-existent. If it is non-existent, a damaged or restricted duct run may be the problem.

Often when a duct is leaking air, it may create moisture in the attic. This moisture will make the insulation, particularly in older homes, have a wet, musty smell.

In extreme situations, you may also notice evidence of moisture on your ceiling. In any case, with a leaking or damaged duct run, you may need to contact an HVAC expert.

How Much Will It Cost to Replace Damaged Ductwork in My Home?

When it comes to home renovations, ducts are often overlooked. Located in the ceiling or crawlspace, these ducts are responsible for pulling air from the furnace or air conditioner to make sure you have a comfortable living space. Ductwork is made of metal, which can easily get damaged due to wear and tear.

The cost of replacing ductwork varies depending on the size and complexity of your home. For example, an average cost is $1,500-$2,000 per unit. This does not include insulation work such as sealing all the cracks and holes in your home with spray foam insulation or caulk which can add up to another $1-$2 per square foot of surface area.

How to Fix Uneven Cooling in Your Home and Enjoy the Season’s Warmth

Even cooling and heating performs best when several simple maintenance actions throughout the year are done:

Change Filters This is one of the easiest yet most often neglected. We suggest changing once every other month. This, of course, depends on your area and lifestyle. Dry, dusty areas or homes with pets should consider once a month.

Keep AirFlow Free from Restrictions Open vents and keep return air vents clear. Careful not to hide the return vent behind a couch. This will restrict airflow and reduce cooling and heating efficiency.

If you can, look in your attic or crawlspace and listen for the sound of air escaping. This could be a damaged duct. And while you’re there, take a whiff, and if it smells a bit musty, it could be a damaged duct.

If you have done these things and are still unable to get a good steady airflow that cools your home evenly, call Anthem Heating and Air today. We service the entire Coachella Valley and Riverside, California.

If you live around the Coachella Valley area – Indio, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, or La Quinta – a reputable heating and air conditioning repair and provider company is nearby. Let Anthem Heating & Air help you with all your air conditioning and heating questions and needs! Visit us at or call now at (760) 895-2621.

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