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How to Find and Fix Hot and Cold Spots

If you discover that you have hot and cold spots throughout your Florissant home, you’re not alone. This is a relatively common issue. While it can seem like a major problem, the good news is that the normal 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 inefficiently insulated air ducts
  • Improperly sized HVAC equipment

Lack of Zoning or Improper Zoning
A zoning system breaks up 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 control dampers in the ductwork of your forced-air system. The thermostats are always reading the temperature of their assigned zone, then open or close the dampers to meet the thermostat's settings. This might be the missing link to keeping that one cold bedroom warm in the winter, or that heat chamber 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 end up with hot and cold spots simply because their home’s duct system isn’t sized correctly for the area that needs heated and cooled, or it’s designed the wrong way. We find this is fairly common in homes that were built before many of today’s tools and training were around. Unfortunately, even the most energy-efficient HVAC equipment can’t live up to 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 more frequently than it should and shorten its lifespan. The professionals at B & B 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 properly for your home, it may still be at the root of your home’s hot and cold spots. It’s normal for the ducts in a home to leak some over time. Pros like B & B Heating & Cooling can inspect your ducts and let you know if they ought to be sealed. They could also find that your ducts aren’t leaking, but they’re not correctly insulated. Fortunately, this is also a generally routine fix.

Improperly Sized HVAC Equipment
So there’s a chance your air duct system is just fine and you have a good zoning system, but you’re still experiencing hot and cold spots through your home. Improperly sized HVAC equipment could 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 take care of the amount of space it needs to condition. Even a system that’s too big can cause 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, B & B Heating & Cooling can help. Just give us a call at 314-838-9800 and we’ll help you decide what the issue is and figure out if you need air conditioning service, or any other types of HVAC service that can help you keep your home comfortable. You can even arrange an appointment with us online if it’s better for you.

 
 
*Source: U.S. Department of Energy statistics