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How to Find and Fix Hot and Cold Spots

If you realize that you have hot and cold spots throughout your Plover home, you’re not alone. This is a relatively regular occurrence. While it may seem like a big problem, the good news is that the common causes of hot and cold spots are usually easy to fix with a straightforward air conditioning service. The most likely causes for hot and cold spots are:

  • Lack of zoning or improper zoning
  • Poorly designed or ineffectively sized duct systems
  • Leaky or inefficiently insulated air ducts
  • Improperly sized HVAC equipment

Lack of Zoning or Improper Zoning
A zoning system divides your home into separate areas, known as “zones,” and allows you to set the air temperature in each zone. The system involves multiple thermostats that operate dampers in the ductwork of your forced-air system. The thermostats are working nonstop, reading the temperature of their specific zone, then open or close the dampers to match up with the thermostat's settings. This might be the missing piece to keeping that one cold bedroom warm in the winter, or that hot box sunroom comfortable all summer. Plus, when you utilize it with a programmable thermostat, zoning can 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 not sized appropriately for the space that needs heated and cooled, or it’s improperly designed. We find this is fairly common in homes that were built before many of today’s tools and training were used. Unfortunately, even the most energy-efficient HVAC equipment can’t meet homeowners’ expectations if the duct system isn’t allowing it to do its job. In fact, a shoddy duct system could actually cause new equipment to work harder than needed and shorten its life cycle. The professionals at Point Heating & Cooling 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 appropriately for your home, it might still be the source of your home’s hot and cold spots. It’s common for the ducts in a home to leak some over time. Experts like Point Heating & Cooling can check your ducts and let you know if they should be sealed. They may also find that your ducts aren’t leaking, but they’re not properly insulated. Fortunately, this is also a pretty easy fix.

Improperly Sized HVAC Equipment
So there’s a chance your air duct system is just fine and you have a good zoning system, but you’re still experiencing hot and cold spots around your home. Improperly sized HVAC equipment could be the culprit. A system that is too small has to operate harder to heat or cool your home, meaning you have 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 cause problems because it’ll cycle on and off too often to do its job well.

No matter what’s the culprit of the hot and cold spots in your home, Point Heating & Cooling can help. Just give us a call at 715-345-1979 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 will help you keep your home comfortable. You can even arrange an appointment with us online if it’s easier for you.

 
 
*Source: U.S. Department of Energy statistics