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How to Find and Fix Hot and Cold Spots

If you discover that you have hot and cold spots through your Homer Glen home, you’re not alone. This is a pretty common issue. While it might seem like a larger issue, the good news is that the normal causes of hot and cold spots are normally easy to fix with a simple air conditioning service. The most common causes for hot and cold spots are:

  • No 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 divides your home into separate areas, known as “zones,” and allows you to customize the air temperature in each zone. The system involves multiple thermostats that control dampers in the ductwork of your forced-air system. The thermostats constantly read the temperature of their assigned zone, then open or close the dampers to meet the thermostat's settings. This could be the key to keeping that one frozen bedroom warm in the winter, or that heat chamber sunroom comfortable all summer. Plus, when you use 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 end up with 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 common in homes that were built before many of today’s tools and training were around. Unfortunately, even the most energy-efficient HVAC equipment can’t match homeowners’ expectations if the duct system isn’t allowing it to do its job. In fact, a poor duct system could actually cause new equipment to work more often than necessary and decrease its life. The experts at Pinnacle HVAC LLC can help you decide 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 could still be at the root of your home’s hot and cold spots. It’s normal for the ducts in a home to leak some over time. Experts like Pinnacle HVAC LLC can check your ducts and let you know if they ought to be sealed. They might also find that your ducts aren’t leaking, but they’re not adequately insulated. Fortunately, this is also a generally simple fix.

Improperly Sized HVAC Equipment
So maybe your air duct system is just fine and you have a good zoning system, but you’re still feeling hot and cold spots throughout your home. Improperly sized HVAC equipment may be the culprit. A system that is too small has to run 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 properly.

No matter what’s the cause of the hot and cold spots in your home, Pinnacle HVAC LLC can help. Just give us a call at 708-301-0170 and we’ll help you decide what the issue is and decide if you need air conditioning service, or any other types of HVAC service that could help you keep your home cozy. You can even arrange an appointment with us online if it’s more convenient for you.

 
 
*Source: U.S. Department of Energy statistics