How to Find and Fix Hot and Cold Spots

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If you find that you have hot and cold spots in your Brandon home, you’re not alone. This is a relatively regular problem. While it might seem like a big problem, the good news is that the normal 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:

  • Zero zoning or improper zoning
  • Poorly designed or ineffectively sized duct systems
  • Leaky or inefficiently insulated air ducts
  • HVAC equipment that is too big or too small

Lack of Zoning or Improper Zoning
A zoning system splits your home into separate areas, known as “zones,” and allows you to determine the air temperature in each zone. The system involves multiple thermostats that run dampers inside the ductwork of your forced-air system. The thermostats are working nonstop, reading the temperature of their assigned 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 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 not sized appropriately for the area that needs heated and cooled, or it’s poorly designed. We find this is pretty normal in homes that were built before a lot of today’s tools and training were used. Unfortunately, even the most energy-efficient HVAC equipment can’t match homeowners’ expectations if the duct system isn’t letting it do its job. In fact, a shoddy duct system could actually cause new equipment to work more frequently than necessary and shorten its life. The experts at Brandon Heating and Plumbing (1998) Ltd. 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 properly for your home, it could still be at the root of your home’s hot and cold spots. It’s common for the ducts in a home to leak a bit over time. Professionals like Brandon Heating and Plumbing (1998) Ltd. 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 generally easy 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 might be the cause. A system that is too small has to operate harder to heat or cool your home, meaning you have 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 correctly.

No matter what’s causing the hot and cold spots in your home, Brandon Heating and Plumbing (1998) Ltd. can help. Just give us a call at 204-728-0180 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 will help you keep your home comfortable. 

 
 
*Source: U.S. Department of Energy statistics
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