How to Find and Fix Hot and Cold Spots

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If you discover that you have hot and cold spots throughout your Raceland home, you’re not alone. This is a pretty common occurrence. While it might seem like a big problem, the good news is that the typical causes of hot and cold spots are typically easy to fix with a simple 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 poorly insulated air ducts
  • The wrong size of HVAC equipment

Lack of Zoning or Improper Zoning
A zoning system splits your home into separate areas, known as “zones,” and means you’re able to set the air temperature in each zone. The system is composed of multiple thermostats that run dampers inside the ductwork of your forced-air system. The thermostats are working nonstop, 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 freezing bedroom warm in the winter, or that heat chamber sunroom comfortable all summer. Plus, when you use it with a programmable thermostat, zoning could 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 room that needs heated and cooled, or it’s improperly designed. We find this is fairly common in homes that were built before much of today’s tools and training were used. Unfortunately, even the most energy-efficient HVAC equipment can’t live up to homeowners’ expectations if the duct system isn’t letting it do its job. In fact, a bad duct system could actually cause new equipment to work more frequently than necessary and decrease its life. The experts at Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service 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 could 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 Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service can inspect your ducts and let you know if they need sealed. They could also find that your ducts aren’t leaking, but they’re not adequately insulated. Fortunately, this is also a pretty easy 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 noticing hot and cold spots through your home. Improperly sized HVAC equipment might be the issue. A system that is too small has to operate harder to heat or cool your home, leaving you with 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 mean problems because it’ll cycle on and off too often to do its job well.

No matter what’s the cause of the hot and cold spots in your home, Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service can help. Just give us a call at 985-537-6795 and we’ll help you decide what the issue is 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 arrange an appointment with us online if it’s better for you.

 
 
*Source: U.S. Department of Energy statistics
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