One Room too Hot, the Other too Cold?

Room temperature differences tend to become more noticeable during the summer and winter. The good news is that you can find several ways to address this problem and achieve more consistent temperatures.

Zoned Systems

One solution is to retrofit an existing HVAC system or installing new equipment with zoned thermostats. This means that separate thermostats will control the heating and cooling registers in different portions of your home. By measuring the temperatures in each zone, the system compensates for differences in shading or sun exposure. The result is a more comfortable home with up to 30 percent of energy savings.

Installing a zoned HVAC system can be costly, so it’s important to consult with a qualified contractor to determine if your home is a good candidate. Other factors such as the size and layout of your home, the type of insulation you have, and the climate in your area will all affect the decision.

If you’re not ready for a significant overhaul of your HVAC system, there are still ways to improve its efficiency. For example, regular maintenance, such as replacing air filters and cleaning coils, can help keep your system running smoothly. And making some simple changes to your daily routine, like setting the thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and higher in the summer, can also help reduce your energy consumption.

Second System

Another option is to purchase a second, completely separate heating or cooling system. However, it will only serve the portion of your home that deviates from the primary thermostat setting. A less costly alternative is to install a split ductless heat pump or central air conditioner. These units feature separate thermostats in every room of the house. One of these units may be the perfect solution if you have a room that always seems too hot or cold.

Sealing Leaks

One way to deal with differences in room temperature is to use weather-stripping. This will help seal any cracks and gaps around doors and windows, preventing drafts from coming in and causing the temperature to drop.

Many homes have drafty doors, windows, and other components. This can lead to higher or lower temperatures along the outer walls in certain rooms. Consider hiring a professional to seal these cracks and gaps thoroughly. 

This will also protect your home from pests. Additionally, thick curtains may be necessary to maintain consistent heat levels in rooms with numerous windows.

Fan Switch

A simple and sometimes effective solution involves looking for a switch on your thermostat. If your system has this control, it should be labeled “fan.” Move it to the “on” position. This will continuously activate a fan that enhances air circulation. In addition, it may help you evenly heat or cool rooms far away from the HVAC equipment.

In some cases, poor airflow is simply due to dirty air filters. Replacing these filters regularly can often improve airflow and prevent future problems. If you have ruled out all other potential causes of poor airflow, it may be time to call a professional HVAC technician for an inspection.

Duct Problems

If your HVAC system uses ducts, airflow problems could prevent enough hot or cold air from reaching certain rooms. Ask a contractor to examine your ductwork. Your ducts may need sealing or cleaning to maximize their efficiency. The vents that release air into separate rooms could also require cleaning or repair. Your HVAC contractor can help identify and solve these issues.

In addition to ensuring your ductwork is in good condition, you can also improve your HVAC system’s efficiency by ensuring the vents in each room are not blocked by furniture or other objects. This will ensure that air can flow freely into the room, which will help the system work less hard to maintain a comfortable temperature. Lastly, regular maintenance on your HVAC system will also help keep it running smoothly and efficiently. By keeping the coils clean and having the system serviced regularly, you can avoid costly repairs or replacements.

It’s also possible that your system isn’t powerful enough to heat or cool the entire house consistently. The best course of action depends on several factors, such as your home’s exposure to sunlight and the types of equipment you currently own. Be sure to talk to a knowledgeable HVAC professional to help you identify the proper steps to take for your Delray Beach home.



ECM Air Conditioning, with its headquarters located in Boynton Beach, FL, provides air conditioning services within Palm Beach County, Broward County, Martin County, and St. Lucie County. If you’re looking to have a new HVAC system installed, we’re on-call and ready to assist you. So if you’re in need of an HVAC installation, don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule an inspection! Our HVAC installation experts will check your ductwork, measure, check wire sizes, and more before making recommendations to ensure maximum efficiency and comfort. Call us at 561-295-1763 or contact our HVAC installation team online by clicking here.


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