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How to Find and Fix Hot and Cold Spots

If you discover that you have hot and cold spots in your Winchester home, you’re not alone. This is a relatively common problem. While it may seem like a major concern, the good news is that the typical causes of hot and cold spots are usually easy to fix with a simple air conditioning service. The most routine 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
  • 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 is composed of 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 to meet the thermostat's settings. This could be the missing link to keeping that one freezing bedroom warm in the winter, or that smoldering sunroom comfortable all summer. Plus, when you utilize it with a programmable thermostat, zoning could mean home energy savings of up to 35 percent.*

Poorly Designed or Ineffectively Sized Duct Systems
Some homeowners experience hot and cold spots simply because their home’s duct system isn’t sized correctly for the space that needs heated and cooled, or it’s designed the wrong way. We find this is especially common in homes that were built before much 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 permitting it to do its job. In fact, a poor duct system could actually cause new equipment to work harder than necessary and decrease its life. The professionals at Thornberry Bros Inc can help you figure out if your duct work is working for your home.

Leaky or Inadequately Insulated Air Ducts
Even if your duct system is properly designed and sized 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 Thornberry Bros Inc can inspect your ducts and let you know if they need sealed. They might also find that your ducts aren’t leaking, but they’re not correctly insulated. Fortunately, this is also a fairly routine 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 noticing hot and cold spots around your home. Improperly sized HVAC equipment could be the cause. 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 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 the culprit of the hot and cold spots in your home, Thornberry Bros Inc can help. Just give us a call at 859-745-1564 and we’ll help you figure it out and figure out if you need air conditioning service, or any other types of HVAC service that could help you keep your home cozy. You can even set up an appointment with us online if it’s easier for you.

 
 
*Source: U.S. Department of Energy statistics