How to Find and Fix Hot and Cold Spots

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If you discover that you have hot and cold spots throughout your Branchville home, you’re not alone. This is a pretty regular issue. While it might seem like a larger issue, the good news is that the normal causes of hot and cold spots are typically easy to fix with a straightforward air conditioning service. The most likely causes for hot and cold spots are:

  • Zero zoning or improper zoning
  • Poorly designed or ineffectively sized duct systems
  • Leaky or inadequately insulated air ducts
  • Improperly sized HVAC equipment

Lack of Zoning or Improper Zoning
A zoning system breaks up your home into separate areas, known as “zones,” and means you can set the air temperature in each zone. The system uses multiple thermostats that control dampers in the ductwork of your forced-air system. The thermostats constantly read the temperature of their specific zone, then open or close the dampers to match up with the thermostat's settings. This might be the key to keeping that one frozen bedroom warm in the winter, or that smoldering sunroom comfortable all summer. Plus, when you use it with a programmable thermostat, zoning could mean home energy savings of up to 35 percent.*

Poorly Designed or Ineffectively Sized Duct Systems
Some homeowners have hot and cold spots simply because their home’s duct system is the wrong size for the area that needs heated and cooled, or it’s improperly designed. We find this is especially normal in homes that were built before much of today’s tools and training were around. Unfortunately, even the most energy-efficient HVAC equipment can’t meet homeowners’ expectations if the duct system isn’t letting it do its job. In fact, a bad duct system could actually cause new equipment to work harder than necessary and reduce its life. The professionals at Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. can help you determine if your duct work is working for your home.

Leaky or Inadequately Insulated Air Ducts
Even if your duct system is designed and sized properly for your home, it may still be the source of your home’s hot and cold spots. It’s commonplace for the ducts in a home to become leaky over time. Professionals like Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. can look at your ducts and let you know if they need sealed. They might also find that your ducts aren’t leaking, but they’re not properly insulated. Fortunately, this is also a generally easy fix.

Improperly Sized HVAC Equipment
So possibly your air duct system is just fine and you have a good zoning system, but you’re still noticing hot and cold spots throughout your home. Improperly sized HVAC equipment might be the issue. A system that is too small has to operate harder to heat or cool your home, which leaves hot and cold spots because it can’t keep up with the amount of space it needs to condition. Even a system that’s too big can mean problems because it’ll cycle on and off too often to do its job well.

No matter what’s causing the hot and cold spots in your home, Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. can help. Just give us a call at 862-345-6896 and we’ll help you pinpoint the problem and figure out if you need air conditioning service, or any other types of HVAC service that can help you keep your home cozy. You can even set up an appointment with us online if it’s more convenient for you.

 
 
*Source: U.S. Department of Energy statistics
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