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Air Conditioning Tips 101: Air Balancing

April 1, 2019

Air balancing is the process of optimizing your air conditioning unit to make sure that the air is distributed evenly throughout your home.

Doing this will eliminate those pesky hot and cold spots in your home and will overall make it a more comfortable place to live. Here are some easy tips you can follow to optimize your air conditioning unit for air balance.

 

Close/Open Your Register

 

You have the ability to move the damper blade, which can restrict or increase airflow to a room. During the warmer months, open the registers on your upper floor and partially close the registers on your first floor and your basement, if you have one. During the colder months, reverse this process.

 

Try a Two Degree Offset

 

If you have a two story home with two separate thermostats, it can be difficult to maintain a constant temperature in your home. One way to fix this air conditioning woe is to maintain a two-degree difference between the thermostats. For example, the upstairs thermostat could be set at 72 degrees while the downstairs one is set at 70.

 

Check Filters

 

It can be hard to remember to change out your filters regularly, and if you start experiencing hot or cold spots in your home, this should be one of the first things you check. In addition to maintaining a more pleasant temperature, cleaning the debris from your filter or buying a new one improves your air quality, increases the efficiency of your heating and cooling system, extends the life of your HVAC system, and keeps energy costs down.

 

Install Window Coverings

 

Particularly during the warmer months, windows without blinds or curtains can cause a room to get heated up more quickly by the sun. The thermostat often lags behind, which can cause discomfort in that room and make the air conditioning unit work harder. Install some sunlight-blocking curtains or blinds on your windows, and you will notice an almost immediate change in temperature control.

 

Avoid Placing Electronics Near the Thermostat

 

Large electronics, like computers and televisions, put off a lot of heat, so if you place one near your thermostat, it could throw off its temperature reading. This can change the distribution of heat in the room, require adjustments to vents, and cause your air conditioning unit to run for a longer period of time (costing you more money!).

 

Set Thermostat Fan to “On”

 

The fan setting on your thermostat can be set to ‘off’, ‘on’, or ‘auto’. You might think that auto is the best setting because you won’t be using it unnecessarily, but the auto setting can actually lead to hot and cold spots because the air is more stagnant. Leave the fan on all the time, so it will continuously blow and filter the air inside your home.