man cooling off with a fan

How to Find and Fix Hot and Cold Spots

If you find that you have hot and cold spots in your Columbus home, you’re not alone. This is a pretty normal problem. While it might seem like a big concern, the good news is that the typical causes of hot and cold spots are typically easy to fix with a normal air conditioning service. The most common causes for hot and cold spots are:

  • No zoning or improper zoning
  • Poorly designed or ineffectively sized duct systems
  • Leaky or poorly insulated air ducts
  • The wrong size of HVAC equipment

Lack of Zoning or Improper Zoning
A zoning system divides your home into separate areas, known as “zones,” and means you can set the air temperature in each zone. The system involves multiple thermostats that operate dampers within the ductwork of your forced-air system. The thermostats are always reading the temperature of their specific zone, then open or close the dampers to match up with the thermostat's settings. This may be the missing link to keeping that one frozen bedroom warm in the winter, or that hot box sunroom comfortable all summer. Plus, when it’s used with a programmable thermostat, zoning can 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 is not sized appropriately for the room that needs heated and cooled, or it’s designed the wrong way. We find this is fairly commonplace in homes that were built before much of today’s tools and training were available. 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 more often than necessary and decrease its lifespan. The professionals at Wolfe & Sons Inc 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 may still be the source of your home’s hot and cold spots. It’s commonplace for the ducts in a home to leak some over time. Experts like Wolfe & Sons Inc can look at your ducts and let you know if they need sealed. They could also find that your ducts aren’t leaking, but they’re not properly insulated. Fortunately, this is also a generally easy 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 noticing hot and cold spots throughout 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, leaving you with 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 leave you with problems because it’ll cycle on and off too often to do its job properly.

No matter what’s the culprit of the hot and cold spots in your home, Wolfe & Sons Inc can help. Just give us a call at 614-451-0846 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 will help you keep your home comfy. You can even schedule an appointment with us online if it’s better for you.

 
 
*Source: U.S. Department of Energy statistics