How to Find and Fix Hot and Cold Spots

If you discover that you have hot and cold spots throughout your Holdrege home, you’re not alone. This is a pretty common problem. While it can seem like a larger concern, the good news is that the typical causes of hot and cold spots are usually easy to fix with a normal air conditioning service. The most common causes for hot and cold spots are:

  • Zero zoning or improper zoning
  • Poorly designed or ineffectively sized duct systems
  • Leaky or poorly insulated air ducts
  • HVAC equipment that is too big or too small

Lack of Zoning or Improper Zoning
A zoning system divides your home into separate areas, known as “zones,” and means you’re able to customize the air temperature in each zone. The system involves multiple thermostats that run dampers within the ductwork of your forced-air system. The thermostats constantly read the temperature of their designated zone, then open or close the dampers according to the thermostat's settings. This could be the missing piece to keeping that one freezing bedroom warm in the winter, or that heat chamber sunroom comfortable all summer. Plus, when you utilize it with a programmable thermostat, zoning may 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 designed the wrong way. We find this is pretty normal in homes that were built before a lot 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 poor duct system could actually cause new equipment to work more frequently than needed and shorten its life cycle. The professionals at Durable Service 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 could still be at the root of your home’s hot and cold spots. It’s common for the ducts in a home to become leaky over time. Experts like Durable Service can inspect your ducts and let you know if they need sealed. They may 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 possibly your air duct system is just fine and you have a good zoning system, but you’re still experiencing hot and cold spots throughout your home. Improperly sized HVAC equipment could be the culprit. A system that is too small has to run harder to heat or cool your home, meaning you have hot and cold spots because it can’t handle the amount of space it needs to condition. Even a system that’s too big can leave you with problems because it’ll cycle on and off too often to do its job correctly.

No matter what’s causing the hot and cold spots in your home, Durable Service can help. Just give us a call at 308-995-8177 and we’ll help you figure it out and decide if you need air conditioning service, or any other types of HVAC service that can help you keep your home comfy. 

 
 
*Source: U.S. Department of Energy statistics
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