I was sitting in a meeting yesterday and the subject of uneven heating and cooling in the home came up . Oh, yes it did! I obviously have no life to speak of (so why would you be interested in my blog, you might ask? Not a bad question, really).
Anyway, the point of the conversation was that several of us have experienced first hand, that running your HVAC system blower more often than just when there is a call for heat or cool can help even out the temperature differences throughout the house. You know, it works!
I’ve even found this to help when I have a roaring fire in the fireplace, which I know sucks all the heat out of the house and results in huge swings in temperature from one room to the next. If I run the blower constantly, this uncomfortable, energy-sucking effect is minimized to a degree.
Don’t get me wrong, running the blower is not a great solution to an energy-hogging fireplace. But if doing so helps even out temperature swings a bit, it’s better than NOT doing it. And if you’re not using a fireplace, the idea of running your blower more often is even more effective in giving your system a helping hand to keep you comfortable.
This works especially well in older homes like mine with undersized ductwork, inadequate return ducts, and one system trying to heat or cool two stories. Running the fan more often circulates the air more which not only evens out the temperature throughout the house, but it also cleans the air more often.
Whenever you are circulating the air you are also circulating the airborne dust and pollutants that are floating in the air. It circulates back through your return ducts and is trapped in your furnace filter – or if you have an air cleaner instead of your standard furnace filter, you’re trapping a helluvalot more contaminants before the air is returned to your system to be heated or cooled and put back into your house.
I was told that this blog was going to have the capability of adding mp3. If I had figured out how to do this, I would have inserted the Rolling Stones’ ‘She’s So Cold’ into this blog post.