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How to Find and Fix Hot and Cold Spots

If you discover that you have hot and cold spots through your Franklin Lakes home, you’re not alone. This is a pretty common occurrence. While it might seem like a larger concern, the good news is that the typical causes of hot and cold spots are normally easy to fix with a simple air conditioning service. The most common causes for hot and cold spots are:

  • Zero zoning or improper zoning
  • Poorly designed or ineffectively sized duct systems
  • Leaky or inadequately 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’re able to determine the air temperature in each zone. The system uses multiple thermostats that operate dampers in 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 according to the thermostat's settings. This might be the missing link to keeping that one cold bedroom warm in the winter, or that smoldering sunroom comfortable all summer. Plus, when it’s used with a programmable thermostat, zoning may mean home energy savings of up to 35 percent.*

Poorly Designed or Ineffectively Sized Duct Systems
Some homeowners have hot and cold spots simply because their home’s duct system is the wrong size for the space that needs heated and cooled, or it’s designed the wrong way. We find this is fairly normal in homes that were built before much of today’s tools and training were around. Unfortunately, even the most energy-efficient HVAC equipment can’t meet 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 frequently than it should and decrease its life. The professionals at Total Comfort 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 might still be the cause of your home’s hot and cold spots. It’s normal for the ducts in a home to leak a bit over time. Pros like Total Comfort can check 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 adequately insulated. Fortunately, this is also a fairly 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 throughout your home. Improperly sized HVAC equipment might be the cause. A system that is too small has to operate harder to heat or cool your home, which leaves 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 leave you with problems because it’ll cycle on and off too often to do its job properly.

No matter what’s the cause of the hot and cold spots in your home, Total Comfort can help. Just give us a call at 201-891-1333 and we’ll help you pinpoint the problem and figure out if you need air conditioning service, or any other types of HVAC service that could help you keep your home comfy. You can even arrange an appointment with us online if it’s easier for you.

 
 
*Source: U.S. Department of Energy statistics