Many people prefer purchasing older homes because they are usually more affordable than their newer counterparts. However, the HVAC units in these homes may not be in good condition, reducing your comfort. Here are three HVAC problems commonly seen in older homes in Fountain Inn, SC.
1. An Outdated Thermostat
If the previous homeowner did not upgrade their thermostat, you will likely inherit a home with an old thermostat. Outdated thermostats offer basic controls and lack the necessary technology to help you save energy.
Switching to a modern thermostat allows you to control your indoor temperatures remotely by accessing your thermostat through your phone. Modern thermostats also learn your temperature preferences and adjust your indoor temperatures even before you input any instructions on the device. They also provide you with data showing how you have been using energy during a certain period and suggest ways to improve your usage habits.
2. Poor Airflow
Your older home may have reduced airflow due to a blocked air filter, a clogged outdoor HVAC unit, dirty vents or ducts, and leaky ductwork. A blocked air filter does not allow sufficient air to go into your HVAC unit for heating, and a blocked outdoor heat pump unit reduces your system’s ability to draw heat from outside.
Dirty vents make it difficult for air from your HVAC system to enter your indoor airspace. Scheduling HVAC maintenance helps to clean all the dirty HVAC components.
3. Poor Indoor Air Quality
Older homes may contain gaps in their windows and doors that allow contaminated air from outside to enter. Consequently, you may start getting poor indoor air quality problems such as sneezing, watery eyes, throat irritations, nasal congestion, and headaches.
These gaps also allow heated air to escape, causing your HVAC system to work harder. You can consider methods, such as weatherstripping, to seal these gaps.
We can inspect your HVAC system and home and suggest ways to keep you warm throughout winter. Reach out to Sanders Home Comfort Heating & Air for timely heating solutions if you are experiencing heating problems this winter.
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