How to Find and Fix Hot and Cold Spots

If you discover that you have hot and cold spots through your Denton home, you’re not alone. This is a pretty common issue. While it can seem like a big issue, the good news is that the common 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:

  • Lack of zoning or improper zoning
  • Poorly designed or ineffectively sized duct systems
  • Leaky or poorly insulated air ducts
  • Improperly sized HVAC equipment

Lack of Zoning or Improper Zoning
A zoning system breaks up your home into separate areas, known as “zones,” and means you can customize the air temperature in each zone. The system uses multiple thermostats that operate dampers in the ductwork of your forced-air system. The thermostats constantly read the temperature of their designated zone, then open or close the dampers according to 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 it’s used with a programmable thermostat, zoning can 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 room that needs heated and cooled, or it’s designed the wrong way. We find this is fairly commonplace 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 meet 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 decrease its life cycle. The professionals at Oak Point Heating and Air LLC 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 designed and sized appropriately for your home, it might still be at the root 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 Oak Point Heating and Air LLC can check your ducts and let you know if they ought to be sealed. They might also find that your ducts aren’t leaking, but they’re not correctly insulated. Fortunately, this is also a pretty simple 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 experiencing hot and cold spots through your home. Improperly sized HVAC equipment might be the cause. A system that is too small has to work 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 correctly.

No matter what’s the cause of the hot and cold spots in your home, Oak Point Heating and Air LLC can help. Just give us a call at 940-202-1202 and we’ll help you pinpoint the problem and decide if you need air conditioning service, or any other types of HVAC service that can help you keep your home comfortable. 

 
 
*Source: U.S. Department of Energy statistics
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