How to Find and Fix Hot and Cold Spots

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If you discover that you have hot and cold spots through your Dallas home, you’re not alone. This is a fairly common problem. While it can seem like a big issue, the good news is that the typical causes of hot and cold spots are normally easy to fix with a normal air conditioning service. The most common causes for hot and cold spots are:

  • Lack of 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 splits your home into separate areas, known as “zones,” and allows you to customize the air temperature in each zone. The system uses multiple thermostats that operate dampers inside the ductwork of your forced-air system. The thermostats are working nonstop, reading 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 frozen bedroom warm in the winter, or that smoldering sunroom comfortable all summer. Plus, when it’s used with a programmable thermostat, zoning may 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 room that needs heated and cooled, or it’s poorly designed. We find this is especially common 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 permitting it to do its job. In fact, a bad duct system could actually cause new equipment to work harder than it should and decrease its life cycle. The professionals at Tri County Air Care 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 might still be the cause of your home’s hot and cold spots. It’s common for the ducts in a home to become leaky over time. Pros like Tri County Air Care LLC can look at your ducts and let you know if they should be sealed. They might also find that your ducts aren’t leaking, but they’re not correctly insulated. Fortunately, this is also a pretty easy 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 may be the issue. 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 leave you with problems because it’ll cycle on and off too often to do its job well.

No matter what’s causing the hot and cold spots in your home, Tri County Air Care LLC can help. Just give us a call at 469-213-8367 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 can help you keep your home comfortable. 

 
 
*Source: U.S. Department of Energy statistics
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