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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 Hamilton home, you’re not alone. This is a pretty common issue. While it might seem like a larger issue, the good news is that the common causes of hot and cold spots are normally easy to fix with a straightforward air conditioning service. The most likely 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
  • HVAC equipment that is too big or too small

Lack of Zoning or Improper Zoning
A zoning system splits your home into separate areas, known as “zones,” and means you can determine the air temperature in each zone. The system involves multiple thermostats that run dampers within the ductwork of your forced-air system. The thermostats are working nonstop, reading the temperature of their assigned 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 you use it with a programmable thermostat, zoning can 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 is the wrong size 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 allowing it to do its job. In fact, a shoddy duct system could actually cause new equipment to work harder than it should and decrease its life cycle. The professionals at Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC 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 designed and sized properly for your home, it may still be at the root of your home’s hot and cold spots. It’s common for the ducts in a home to leak a bit over time. Experts like Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC 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 fairly routine 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 experiencing hot and cold spots throughout your home. Improperly sized HVAC equipment may be the cause. A system that is too small has to run 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 mean 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, Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC can help. Just give us a call at 513-275-3601 and we’ll help you pinpoint the problem and determine if you need air conditioning service, or any other types of HVAC service that will help you keep your home comfortable. You can even schedule an appointment with us online if it’s more convenient for you.

 
 
*Source: U.S. Department of Energy statistics