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How to Find and Fix Hot and Cold Spots

If you realize that you have hot and cold spots through your Columbia home, you’re not alone. This is a pretty normal occurrence. While it may seem like a major concern, the good news is that the typical causes of hot and cold spots are typically easy to fix with a normal 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
  • The wrong size of HVAC equipment

Lack of Zoning or Improper Zoning
A zoning system breaks up 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 run 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 link to keeping that one cold bedroom warm in the winter, or that hot box sunroom comfortable all summer. Plus, when it’s used with a programmable thermostat, zoning could 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 isn’t sized correctly for the area that needs heated and cooled, or it’s poorly designed. We find this is fairly commonplace in homes that were built before a lot of today’s tools and training were used. Unfortunately, even the most energy-efficient HVAC equipment can’t match homeowners’ expectations if the duct system isn’t letting it do its job. In fact, a shoddy duct system could actually cause new equipment to work more often than necessary and reduce its life cycle. The experts at Alltemp Comfort Services LLC 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 could still be the cause of your home’s hot and cold spots. It’s normal for the ducts in a home to become leaky over time. Pros like Alltemp Comfort Services LLC can inspect 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 properly insulated. Fortunately, this is also a pretty 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 around your home. Improperly sized HVAC equipment may 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 cause problems because it’ll cycle on and off too often to do its job well.

No matter what’s the cause of the hot and cold spots in your home, Alltemp Comfort Services LLC can help. Just give us a call at 803-318-6995 and we’ll help you pinpoint the problem and decide if you need air conditioning service, or any other types of HVAC service that can help you keep your home cozy. You can even arrange an appointment with us online if it’s easier for you.

 
 
*Source: U.S. Department of Energy statistics