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Do some rooms of your home always feel warmer than others during heating season? Usually, this is an indication that something's not quite right with your heating system. Here's a look at the common causes of uneven heating and what you can do about them.
Your air filter is dirty and clogged.
Your furnace needs to force air through the air filter in order to then blow it through the system. If your air filter is dirty and clogged, it will take the furnace a lot more energy to do this -- and not enough air will make its way through. Experts recommend replacing your air filter every one to two months. If it has been longer than this, switch to a new filter and see if that solves your problem. They only cost a few dollars at most hardware stores, so this is a great starting point.
Your air ducts are dirty or blocked.
If you change the filter and some rooms are still not getting a lot of heat, your air ducts themselves may be dirty or blocked. When this occurs, the ideal amount of heated air won't make its way into the rooms that are cooler. If you have never had your ducts cleaned, having this job performed is a good starting point. Expect to pay between $300 and $500 to have your ducts cleaned, depending on the size of your home and the economy in your region. As an added bonus, the air in your home will be cleaner and you'll likely suffer fewer allergy symptoms as a result.
Your registers or return vents are blocked or stuck closed.
If there's a piece of furniture, a stack of boxes, or a pile of dirty clothing in front of the registers in the rooms that stay cooler, this item is probably blocking the flow of heated air into the room. You should also check to be sure there's nothing on top of your air return vents. This could block air from traveling back into your blower unit, resulting in less air being emitted by your heating system overall -- and the shortage will mean there's not enough to make it through the ducts to the rooms furthest up the duct line.
Also take a look at the registers and vents and make sure none of them have accidentally become stuck shut. Sometimes the open/close mechanisms on old vents break, forcing the vents to stay in the "shut" position. If this is the case, you'll want to replace the vent. Unscrew it from the wall, take it to the home improvement store to ensure you find another of the same size, and screw the new one into the wall in its place. Then make sure you keep the new one in the "open" position.
Your furnace's blower unit is not turned up high enough or is malfunctioning.
Most modern blower units have adjustable speeds. If yours is set at too low a speed, the air may not be forced through the system quickly enough to make it to the rooms furthest down the duct line -- and these rooms won't heat properly. Look in your owner's manual to determine how to turn up the speed or power on your furnace's blower. Then, turn it up to a higher setting. If some rooms still don't seem to heat evenly, or if the blower speed is already turned up as high as possible when you check, you may have an issue with the blower motor. Contact an HVAC technician from a company like Kohl Heating & Air Conditioning. They can come inspect the blower and replace or repair it if needed.