How to Find and Fix Hot and Cold Spots

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If you realize that you have hot and cold spots through your West Palm Beach home, you’re not alone. This is a fairly regular issue. While it may seem like a major 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 routine 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 splits your home into separate areas, known as “zones,” and means you’re able to customize the air temperature in each zone. The system is composed of multiple thermostats that operate dampers inside the ductwork of your forced-air system. The thermostats constantly read the temperature of their specific zone, then open or close the dampers to match up with the thermostat's settings. This may be the key to keeping that one freezing bedroom warm in the winter, or that smoldering 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 is not sized appropriately for the room that needs heated and cooled, or it’s improperly designed. We find this is pretty normal 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 live up to homeowners’ expectations if the duct system isn’t permitting it to do its job. In fact, a shoddy duct system could actually cause new equipment to work more often than needed and decrease its life. The professionals at Summit Air Conditioning Inc can help you figure out 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 could 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. Pros like Summit Air Conditioning Inc can look at 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 routine fix.

Improperly Sized HVAC Equipment
So possibly your air duct system is just fine and you have a good zoning system, but you’re still feeling hot and cold spots throughout your home. Improperly sized HVAC equipment may be the culprit. 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 mean 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, Summit Air Conditioning Inc can help. Just give us a call at 561-582-3390 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 can help you keep your home comfy. 

 
 
*Source: U.S. Department of Energy statistics
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