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Why Won’t My Cincinnati Furnace Heat Evenly?

Heating Issues Throughout Home | Nelson Comfort

One of the most common complaints of Cincinnati homeowners regarding their heating systems is the lack of even heating throughout the home. Some rooms are nice and toasty, while others remain chilly.

The possible causes of uneven heating are ones that can lead to great energy waste. Below are common culprits behind uneven heating, and what should be done to correct them:

  • Dirty air filters. When the air filter is caked with contaminants, air doesn’t flow through the system correctly. During heating season, you should check your filter monthly and replace it as needed, at minimum every three months.
  • Air filter is too efficient. Did you ever imagine an air filter could be too efficient for your system? Ultra-high efficiency air filters won’t work with every furnace system. If your furnace has not been calibrated for use with such a filter, the filter can restrict air flow, resulting in uneven heating. Try installing a filter with a MERV 8 rating to preserve efficiency and facilitate airflow.
  • Duct leaks. The average duct system can result in as much as 30 percent energy loss! That means 30 percent of the air intended for your living areas spills out of the duct system before reaching its intended destination. If the duct runs leading to certain rooms have leaks, the room will feel cooler than rooms with efficient, sealed duct runs. Nelson Comfort can examine your duct system, locate leakage, and seal ducts to improve heating efficiency and restore even heating throughout the home.
  • Ducts aren’t sized correctly. For even heating, your duct system must be sized properly to work with the furnace. If the furnace and ductwork aren’t matched, it can lead to duct pressure issues, which can cause issues such as pulling in air from interior rooms and not forcing air out through vents properly. In this case, Nelson Comfort will examine your systems, and redesign your duct system so that it will work properly with your furnace.

If you’re not receiving comfortable, even heating from your Cincinnati furnace, your heating system may require repairs. The NATE-certified heating technicians of Nelson Comfort will accurately diagnose your system and provide quick repairs to restore comfort and efficiency.

About The Author


Dan Detmer

Dan Detmer is the owner of Nelson Comfort. Dan was born into the heating and cooling industry, coming from a family of well respected HVAC contractors in Dayton, Ohio. After working in the family business, Dan decided to work for a local HVAC wholesale business helping local contractors grow their business. When he felt his heart moving him back into the residential and light commercial business, Dan joined the Mortimer Heating & Cooling team in Cincinnati, where he had called home and become part of the community for several years. After a short period of time Dan purchased the company and created what is today, Nelson Comfort. Today he operates a company based on integrity, honesty, and stellar customer service. If you have any questions feel free to tweet (at sign) NelsonComfort and we will get right back with you!

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