How to Solve the Most Common Winter HVAC Issues

Many common HVAC issues are season-specific. As the calendar pages flip by, particular problems become more noticeable than others. That’s largely because the physics of heating and cooling differ and the components that produce it are quite distinct. Nevertheless, the general effects of common HVAC issues tend to be generally the same, no matter what time of year it is: declining indoor comfort, rising operating costs, and more wear and tear on the system. Here are some of the problems most likely to be an issue during the winter season:

Heat Loss

It’s a natural fact that heat is always looking for a way to escape from your home into the colder outdoors. Rising heat radiates through the attic. Heat also seeps through structural air leaks in the house. This means maintaining consistent comfort in winter can be difficult, as your furnace continuously attempts to compensate for lost heat. Check attic insulation to make sure it meets current Department of Energy recommendations. Locate and seal sources of heat loss, including structural cracks and gaps, as well as leaks around doors and windows.

Cold Spots

Heat can be difficult to distribute evenly throughout a home, sometimes leading to chronically chilly zones. Make sure all HVAC vents — supply and return — are open and unobstructed in every room. Be sure to change the system air filter at least every month to ensure maximum warm airflow from the furnace to all parts of the house.

Poor Air Quality

Homes are typically more closed up in winter and often don’t get enough ventilation. Airborne particulates, water vapor, and fumes accumulate to higher levels indoors. Ensure that the system air filter is replaced regularly with a quality pleated cotton or polyester filter. Kitchen and bathrooms generate a lot of humidity and should have individual vent fans to remove water vapor. Schedule an annual heating-system checkup to make sure the system is operating at the optimum specifications and that furnace fumes and combustion byproducts are properly exhausted.

Since 1922, Paitson Bros. has been the source for practical advice and reliable service to resolve common HVAC issues in your home.

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