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 Lake Charles home, you’re not alone. This is a fairly normal problem. While it can seem like a big 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 likely 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 breaks up your home into separate areas, known as “zones,” and means you’re able to customize the air temperature in each zone. The system uses multiple thermostats that control 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 might be the key to keeping that one frozen bedroom warm in the winter, or that smoldering sunroom comfortable all summer. Plus, when you utilize 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 have hot and cold spots simply because their home’s duct system isn’t sized correctly for the space that needs heated and cooled, or it’s poorly designed. We find this is fairly commonplace 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 match homeowners’ expectations if the duct system isn’t allowing it to do its job. In fact, a bad duct system could actually cause new equipment to work more frequently than needed and reduce its life. The professionals at ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc can help you decide if your duct work is working for your home.

Leaky or Inadequately Insulated Air Ducts
Even if your duct system is properly designed and sized for your home, it might still be the source of your home’s hot and cold spots. It’s normal for the ducts in a home to become leaky over time. Pros like ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc can inspect your ducts and let you know if they should be sealed. They could also find that your ducts aren’t leaking, but they’re not correctly insulated. Fortunately, this is also a fairly simple fix.

Improperly Sized HVAC Equipment
So there’s a chance 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, meaning you have 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 cause problems because it’ll cycle on and off too often to do its job correctly.

No matter what’s the cause of the hot and cold spots in your home, ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc can help. Just give us a call at 337-335-0992 and we’ll help you pinpoint the problem and decide if you need air conditioning service, or any other types of HVAC service that could help you keep your home comfortable. 

 
 
*Source: U.S. Department of Energy statistics
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