Why One Spot In Your House Is Hotter or Colder Than Normal

Why One Spot In Your House Is Hotter or Colder Than Normal

At one time or another, almost all of us have to ask ourselves the question of why one room is either hotter or colder than the temperature permeating the rest of the house. After all, padding into one room knowing you have to be adequately bundled or even underdressed can be both uncomfortable and inconvenient. But if you’re wondering why you’re suffering through a temperature imbalance, we’re here to help you figure what you can do about it.

  1. Check Your Vents

    Did you close your vents? Many actually do under the misguided belief that they’re saving energy. On the contrary, closing your vents can produce pressures that force your HVAC unit to work harder, thus increasing your energy bill. Moreover, it goes without saying that, if you close your air conditioning vents, air will not be able to reach that room. As a result, that particular room will be at the whim of the seasonal weather. Particularly if your walls are not insulated, heat from the now-warmer spot of the house will actually leak outward, creating other pockets of warm space in your home.

  2. Check For Areas Vulnerable to Outside Temperatures

    If your windows or doorways are not properly sealed, they’ll likely let the heat or cold of the outside seep in, creating a space of varying temperatures within a room. Be sure to seal these areas with caulk or place thick drapes that help prevent temperatures from essentially leaking through glass as a means of insulating your rooms. Additionally, check for outside factors that may also work against your thermostat setting. For example, having a window that is consistently facing the sun in the afternoon will drastically change the temperature in that room, even if it is sealed properly.

  3. Determine If Your Layout Works Against Your HVAC

    Sometimes a room will simply not get the circulating air from your HVAC system if it is physically farther away from the system itself. Particularly if your HVAC system is improperly sized for your home, not every room will be able to receive the same air, resulting in rooms that maintain varying temperatures.

If you’re looking to return your home to a temperate and equal climate, don’t wait to find out what’s wrong. Call Bold City Heating and Air today to schedule an appointment and experience the bold difference!

How Does the Florida Humidity Affect Your HVAC, and What Should You Do About It?

How Does the Florida Humidity Affect Your HVAC, and What Should You Do About It?

Any native Floridian will tell you that the humidity is one of the main reasons the Florida heat can feel so intense and suffocating the moment you walk out the door. Going back inside is sometimes the only way to find reprieve from the oppressive weather, especially as air conditioning units are specifically designed to cool your home by removing moisture from the air. But, particularly as hurricane season goes into full swing and moisture seeps back in, how does the humidity affect your HVAC’s ability to function properly?

Put simply, an increase in indoor humidity will negatively impact your HVAC unit. This is because the more moisture there is, the more energy has to be expended in order for your unit to effectively cool the air. Therefore, not only will your energy bill go up, but you will also run the risk of overextending your unit and its evaporator coils. When you force your HVAC unit to work beyond its own ability, it won’t be able to function and the air in your home will more than likely continue to feel warm and uncomfortable.

To prevent this, there are a few different things you can do. For one, you can install an actual dehumidifier onto your air conditioner. This way, your HVAC unit has to work less to remove moisture, and temperature control and humidity control are controlled all in the same place.

Additionally, you can keep the fan setting on your thermostat in the “AUTO” position, not the “ON” position. This way, your fan won’t be running constantly; rather, the fan will not continue working between cooling cycles and your evaporator coils will have time to drain. In other words, running your unit on “AUTO” allows your system to run more efficiently and reduce your energy usage.

Finally, you should try to change your air filter regularly. As dust and dirt builds up in your filter, your unit will basically become clogged and ineffective in its attempts to remove moisture from the air. You can usually adhere to changing your filter every couple of months, though the more intense the humidity becomes, the more often you’ll want to check it.

Want to make sure your air conditioning is in peak condition before a larger storm or hurricane heads your way? Call Bold City Heating and Air today to schedule an appointment. We’ll make sure you’re all set to keep humidity out, optimal comfort in, and experience the bold difference.

Five Easy DIY Window Projects to Save Money on Cooling Costs

Five Easy DIY Window Projects to Save Money on Cooling Costs

According to the Department of Energy, heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for 25 percent to 30 percent of residential heating and cooling energy use. If this is something you struggle with, it’s important to know that there are a variety of solutions that are both cost-effective and require little time to implement. Before you reach for your thermostat, try these five easy fixes first:

  • Purchase Blackout Curtains:

    Blackout curtains can help you keep your energy bill down year-round in that they help insulate a room in the winter and block out the hot Florida sunlight during the summer. If you happen to have extra fabric laying around the house, tailoring the fabric to meet the dimensions of a window is about as easy as it gets. Otherwise, blackout curtains and coverings are easily purchased from the store at a low cost.

  • Install Awnings:

    If you’re looking to block light from the outside rather than the inside, awnings are simple and traditional. Shade will be cast over your window and, depending on the material you choose, rays from the sun may be directly absorbed, thus keeping your house cool without lowering the thermostat.

  • Seal Off Unwanted Airflow with Caulk:

    You may not even realize just how much warm air is either leaking into or out of your home from around the window edges. A quick fix to stopping this unintentional airflow is caulk: a waterproof filler. Not only is caulk super inexpensive (think around $3 a tube), but it’s also easy to apply. Just clean the edges of your window, fill the caulk in at the joints of where the window meets the wall, and let it dry to seal.

  • Reflect the Heat With Window Film:

    Window films are great in that they afford you more privacy and literally reflect the heat, all without obstructing your view. Plus, they work well for the cold months—just like blackout curtains, properly applied window films help to keep in the heat when the chill starts to get to you, allowing you to keep your energy bill down regardless of the season.

  • Still struggling to cool down your home? Don’t sweat it. Call Bold City Heating and Air today to schedule an appointment and have all of your air conditioning questions answered. Experience the bold difference.

Why Should You Buy A New Air Conditioner If You Own an Old Home

Why Should You Buy A New Air Conditioner If You Own an Old Home

According to the National Association of Home Builders, the average life expectancy of an HVAC unit is approximately 10 to 15 years. In this case, if your home is over 30 years old and you’ve never replaced your air conditioning system, then it is two times over its traditional “lifespan.” Even if your home is only in this 10-to-15-year window of time, you’re still more than likely due for a brand new unit. Not convinced or simply wondering why this is? Here are our top four most common and hazardous problems associated with old air conditioning units, ranging from bad to worst:

  1. Overall Cost:

    The older your air conditioning unit is, the more money will need to come out of your wallet in general. For one, maintenance will continue to cost more as your unit ages, not to mention the frequency with which it will need maintenance will increase over time. The more your unit ages, the more it will break down and the worse the break downs will be. Plus, your electric bill will likely increase as your old air conditioner demands more energy to function at the same level. Overall, a new air conditioner will likely cost less than extensive and repeated repairs.

  2. You’ll Suffer During the Summer (And Just About Any Other Month)

    Typical air conditioning aging involves one major nuisance: inefficiency. Any Floridian can tell you that the failure to keep air cool is entirely problematic during just about any and every month, and certainly nobody wants to find themselves sweating unexpectedly while indoors in the middle of August. Dirty filters, freezing coils, and low air flow will make it difficult for your unit to effectively cool down your home, and for your unit to fail you during summer could have adverse if not dangerous effects on your physical health.

  3. Refrigerant Leaks:

    Low refrigerant (otherwise known as Freon) is a general problem of outdated air conditioning units, and typically this will contribute to warmer airflow in your home. However, the older your unit is, the more likely it is that the refrigerant itself will actually start to leak. This type of leak may not be as dangerous to you as electrical issues, but it is harmful to the environment and can also cause permanent damage to your overall air conditioning unit if the leak is extensive enough.

  4. Old Wiring is a Danger to Your Home:

    According to the National Fire Protection Association, 14 percent of electrical house fires between 2007 and 2011 were caused by old wiring in HVAC units. Even when old wiring isn’t threatening to set your property on fire, it can still cause repeated electrical outages that are inconvenient at best and still dangerous at worst. Moreover, as this type of wiring is kept hidden within the unit, you won’t be able to see for yourself when there’s an internal problem. Replacing your unit isn’t just necessary for the sake of technological age, but for the sake of modern safety.

  5. Is your air conditioning unit in need of maintenance or replacement? Bold City Heating and Air is here to ensure that both you and your system are taken care of. Call us today to answer all of your questions, schedule an appointment, and experience the bold difference.