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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 Redford home, you’re not alone. This is a fairly regular issue. While it can 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 normal 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 poorly insulated air ducts
  • The wrong size of HVAC equipment

Lack of Zoning or Improper Zoning
A zoning system splits your home into separate areas, known as “zones,” and means you’re able to set the air temperature in each zone. The system involves multiple thermostats that operate dampers inside the ductwork of your forced-air system. The thermostats constantly read the temperature of their assigned zone, then open or close the dampers according to the thermostat's settings. This might be the missing link 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 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 the wrong size for the room that needs heated and cooled, or it’s designed the wrong way. We find this is especially 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 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 more frequently than necessary and shorten its life cycle. The experts at Airtronic 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 cause of your home’s hot and cold spots. It’s commonplace for the ducts in a home to leak some over time. Pros like Airtronic Heating & Cooling can check your ducts and let you know if they need sealed. They may also find that your ducts aren’t leaking, but they’re not correctly insulated. Fortunately, this is also a generally easy 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 through your home. Improperly sized HVAC equipment may be the culprit. A system that is too small has to operate harder to heat or cool your home, leaving you with 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 well.

No matter what’s the culprit of the hot and cold spots in your home, Airtronic Heating & Cooling can help. Just give us a call at 313-537-8111 and we’ll help you figure it out and determine if you need air conditioning service, or any other types of HVAC service that will help you keep your home comfy. You can even arrange an appointment with us online if it’s more convenient for you.

 
 
*Source: U.S. Department of Energy statistics