How to Address Uneven Cooling

When the weather gets hot and sticky in Georgia, being able to cool the home with air conditioning is a must. Sometimes, issues occur with uneven cooling. Thankfully, there are ways to make sure the whole house is at the same temperature.

First Steps to Take

In an attempt to even everything out, there are a few basic things you can do. You’ll want to inspect your vents to make sure they’re unobstructed. When a couch, curtain or rug is blocking a supply or return vent, the system cannot run as efficiently. Even if they aren’t blocked by an object, they may be obstructed by accumulated dirt and dust. Use a vacuum fitted with an attachment to remove any debris so that the air can flow properly.

Turning the fan to “on” can sometimes do the trick. In the “on” position, the fan will continually circulate air even when the cooling system is not engaged. This can help regulate the varying temperatures.

Take a Closer Look

The culprit may be a leak in your air duct or insufficient insulation. This could result in a loss of cool air, either because it’s not being effectively pushed through the vents or because it’s escaping to other areas of the home. Visual inspection can often reveal leaks. There’s a test in which a stick of incense is held up to see if smoke is being drawn in a certain direction. If the leak is large enough, you may even be able to detect a breeze with your hand alone.


Leaky ducts can be corrected with sealant or aluminum foil tape. If you’re not sure of what to do, leave it to the professionals. At Patterson Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., we’re regularly called by people in the Social Circle/Mansfield region to deal with duct issues.

You might consider installing a zone AC system. With zones, you’ll have more control over temperatures in different areas. This works well with multistory or large ranch homes.

Turn to Patterson Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. for assistance. Our family-owned heating and cooling business was founded in 1999, and we offer comprehensive services, including installation, maintenance, and 24/7 emergency repairs. Call us if you’d like one of our skilled technicians to examine your system.