Free Tip Friday – December 29, 2017
Being comfortable in our homes is so important. Who wants to spend time in a room, or an entire level of a home, that is less inviting than the rest?
When the really cold temps take hold and single digits are the high, a few colder spots in a home are somewhat unavoidable. Unfortunately, if you have a two-story home, you may be dealing with an entire level that is less than comfortable.
We happen to live in a 1970’s era two-story home, and the basement can be a bit chilly. However, we have found that making a few minor adjustments to the furnace output in the cold winter months can make a significant difference in our comfort level.
Simply closing down a few registers on the upper level of our home, and making sure that the lower level registers are wide open, makes a big difference! The hot air is going to rise throughout the home, so why not make that work for us?
Such a simple thing. But simple does not mean unimportant. Comfort in our homes is important!
A word of caution though: don’t close down too many registers – the increased pressure on the furnace can cause the fan to work harder, and burnout sooner. How many is too many? Hard to say, as HVAC systems vary so much – but I would suggest not closing down more than about 15% of your total number of registers.
Here’s to a comfortable winter in our homes!