Our furnace supply vents are in the middle of the house and the returns are on the outside - which I understand is 'backwards'.
When the furnace is running, plenty of hot air comes out, but seems to struggle to heat the outside areas of the house.
Between cycles when the fan is 'on', it seems to only blow cold air out the supply vents.
My question: Is it still efficient / worth running the fan in between cycles if they really make the house seem 'drafty', or should I leave them off?
We have 1200 SQFT single family cinder-block house with hardwood floors. We recently had the crawl space conditioned and 18" of blown fibreglass put in the attic (along with all leak sealing, etc.) Our furnace is a 85%(ish) efficiency Lennox gas / electric blower.
We have been keeping the house at 68F during the day and 62F at night, which is most comfortable when the temperature is 25F and over.
I've been running the furnace up to 70F when it's really cold (20F and below down to 5F during the day, 5F to -10F at night) in an effort to heat more of the house up a bit more.
Updates based on questions in comments:
the air is 'cool' but not 'cold' like it's coming from the outside - it feels like it's just pulling air the cold air from the vents that are sitting next to the walls that won't heat up
the furnace is in the crawlspace, and within the conditioned crawl space (which is a vapor barrier on the floor and an insulated vapor barrier on the crawlspace wall with the space between the floor joists and the crawlspace walls filled with spray-foam)
and I was told and have read that running the fan in between cycles keeps the warm air moving around the house - but I'm starting to doubt that's a good practice in my case...?