How to Avoid Creating Hot & Cold Spots in Your Home
Have you ever left a perfectly warm and comfortable bedroom to head to the living room, only to feel the need to put on a pair of cozy socks or a sweater once you get there?
Hot and cold spots are common in many houses and can be a real pain in the cooler winter months and the hot summer months.
Here are some tips from our HVAC pros at Super Heat & Air on how to prevent hot and cold spots in your home and keep your home comfortable year-round.
What Causes Hot and Cold Spots?
When it comes to hot and cold spots in your home, there are usually two main causes. They are:
The Way Your Home is Built
The structure of your home has a big impact on hot and cold spots in your home including:
- How many windows your home has
- The amount of insulation
- How much sun your home gets
- The floor plan of your home
A room that gets a lot of sun exposure, and has a thermostat that is shaded, will likely get quite warm on sunny days. On the other hand, a room that doesn’t have proper insulation may be chillier.
The Way Your Ductwork Was Installed
Your ductwork can have a tremendous impact on inconsistent temperatures in your home, especially if it was improperly designed or installed.
When installed correctly, ductwork spreads cooled or heated air equally to all parts of your home, but if not, you’ll likely have hot or cold spots in some areas of your house.
How to Prevent Hot and Cold Spots
Follow these tips to prevent hot and cold spots in your home.
Ensure that Vents Aren’t Blocked
Sometimes a room may have a cold or hot spot simply because an air vent is blocked. Make sure that all vents are free from furniture, boxes, or obstructions, so that warm or cool air has a clear path to flow into the room.
Look Out for Drafts
Sometimes a cold spot is caused by a draft coming from a faulty or old window seal. Check all your windows and doors for drafts and look around and feel for any other drafts that could be working against your HVAC unit.
Though your insulation is a never-seen part of your home, it is crucial to keeping your home comfortable. If you think that there is an issue with your insulation, or that you might not have enough to keep your home comfortable, hire an HVAC professional from Super Heat & Air to come out and inspect your insulation. We will be able to advise you of any problems in your insulation and ductwork and evaluate whether you are losing energy.
Install High-Quality Thermostats
One of the best ways to avoid hot or cold spots in your home is to invest in high-quality thermostats and multi-zone heating/cooling.
Zoning involves having multiple thermostats in your home that control specific dampers in your air ducts which makes it easy to adjust temperatures for different rooms based on your comfort and needs.
Not only does this help with hot or cold spots, but it will help you save money on your energy costs!
Duct Cleaning and Preventative Maintenance
While not a direct cause of hot or cold spots in your home, your ducts, and HVAC system could be causing inefficiencies if they aren’t working properly.
Duct cleaning is not something that needs to be done frequently, but if you have recently had any renovations done, live in a home with pets, or have never had them cleaned, now is a good time. Our team at Super Heat & Air can effectively clean your ducts to ensure that your system is running efficiently.
Further, HVAC preventative maintenance will give you the peace of mind that your system is working properly, whether in the heat of summer or the cold of winter.
Stay Comfortable with Super Heat & Air
Stay cozy this fall and winter and prevent hot or cold spots by calling our team at Super Heat & Air for preventative HVAC maintenance, duct cleaning, and energy evaluations. We will ensure that your home is heating and cooling efficiently and keeping you comfortable year-round.
Schedule HVAC service or duct cleaning with Super Heat & Air today
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