Hot spots… No, not the wi-fi internet router type. We’re talking about areas in your home that are unusually warm. Conversely, cold spots are areas in your home that are constantly cold. Are you seeing the pattern here? Hot and cold spots are actually quite common in homes and easily fixable with a simple air conditioning services.
If you have…
- Rooms that get too hot or cold
- Uneven temperatures throughout the house
- High utility bills and poor energy efficiency
- Thermostat wars with your spouse or kids
- High humidity in summer
- Lack of airflow
Then chances are, you have hot and cold spots in your home that need attention.
The most common causes of hot and cold spots are:
No zoning or improper zoning – Zoning systems are areas determined in your home that allow you to determine the temperature. This involves multiple thermostats that control dampers in the ductwork of your forced-air system. The thermostats are constantly working to regulate the temperatures in their assigned zone. Setting up zoning systems can create a more balanced temperature throughout your home. Additionally, zoning with programmable thermostats can result in home energy savings up to 35%. Creating proper zoning can do wonders for regulating temperatures throughout your home. Unzoned homes mean the entire house is heated or cooled whether all areas are occupied simultaneously or not.
Poor designed or wrong sized duct systems. The proper size of duct systems matter for rooms that need to be heated or cooled. Furthermore, it is crucial to have your ductwork inspected regularly by a trained professional. Ducts that have holes, leaks, or blockages can prevent cooled air from reaching its proper destination, resulting in hot spots. Here are a few tests you can run to see if you need your ducts inspected:
Put your hand over the air register while the AC is on. Can you feel the cooler air? What about the flow? Is it as strong as other registers in your home? If not, these are indicators that you need to get your ducts inspected.
Check to see whether your air conditioner or furnace is the correct size for your home. Wrong sized heating or cooling units can be costly and ineffective. This also makes it hard to have consistent temperatures in your home.
Leaky or inadequately insulated air ducts. According to the US Department of Energy, poorly insulated ducts can lose 10% – 30% of the energy used to heat and cool your home. Properly insulated ducts offer minimal loses in heated or cooled air and less condensation which can make delivering even temperatures to every room in your home much easier and efficient. Fixing the insulation in your air ducts will also result in saving money on your heating bill.
Call us at: (303) 772-2490 for Longmont, Boulder, and Denver or (970) 667-7757 Loveland, Fort Collins, and Greeley to see how we can help you fix what’s causing hot and/or cold spots in your home.