When outdoor temperatures begin to drop, homeowners rely on heating systems to help maintain comfortable indoor air temperatures.
When your home isn't getting as warm as you want it, you may experience significant discomfort. There are many reasons why your home may not be getting heated properly, but performance problems within your home's heating system are usually to blame.
Here are three things that you should check for when trying to determine why your home's indoor temperature isn't staying as hot as you would like this coming winter.
1. Blocked Vents
Modern heating systems must be vented properly in order to prevent toxic gases (like carbon monoxide) from building up within the home. The venting needs of modern furnaces are typically met via intake and exhaust pipes that feed directly from the furnace to the home's exterior.
While these vents play a critical role in the safety of your home's heating system, they can also be one of the reasons why your home isn't getting properly heated. Over time, dirt, leaves, and other types of debris can find their way into your heating system's intake and exhaust vents.
This debris can clog up the vents, leaving your furnace without access to proper airflow. Your furnace must work harder to access air from outside to heat and distribute through your home, resulting in a noticeable drop in the consistency of your home's indoor air temperatures. Regularly clean out your furnace's intake and exhaust vents to ensure your home is heated properly in the future.
2. Faulty Electrical Components
Your home's heating system generates warm air through a combustion process that occurs within the furnace. In order for this combustion process to take place, your furnace needs access to a steady supply of electricity.
Faulty electrical components can compromise the efficiency and performance of your home's heating system, causing your home's interior to feel colder than usual. When an electrical relay becomes damaged or a fuse gets blown, your furnace may receive an unreliable electrical current. This unreliable electrical current could cause your furnace to short-cycle or stop working altogether, leaving your home without access to the heated air needed to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures.
Be sure that you check the integrity of your furnace's electrical components regularly to ensure an unreliable electrical current doesn't leave you out in the cold this winter.
3. Damaged Ducts
If you notice that your home's indoor air temperature drops suddenly, then damaged air ducts could be to blame. Once your furnace heats the air it sucks in from outside your home, this heated air is circulated throughout your home via a series of air ducts.
Over time, the air ducts installed in your home can become blocked with dirt and debris. These air ducts can also become damaged, causing them to come loose at the joints or develop holes that allow heated air to escape during delivery. Damaged ducts cannot effectively deliver heated air to the rooms in your home, resulting in a reduction in your indoor air temperature.
Having an experienced HVAC technician examine your air ducts and repair or replace any damaged sections will allow your furnace to run more efficiently and keep your home's interior warm during the cold winter months.
Keeping your home's heating system functioning properly can be challenging, but a failure to address serious problems could leave your home without the heated air required to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature when the weather cools.
If your home isn't getting heated properly, contact the experienced professionals at Capitol Service Company Inc. for help identifying and repairing problems within your home's heating system.