“Why do I have hot and cold spots in my house?”

blogIf you could describe your home at its best, it might just sound like this: perfectly cool in the summer; warm and inviting in the winter; and all thanks to your well-maintained HVAC systems.

Some would even call that utopia. Others might say “wishful thinking.”

If you’re among the latter of those two groups, perhaps it’s because of those dreaded indoor hot and cold spots that neither you nor anyone else seems to be able to rectify. You know, where one room feels like a sauna, while in another you don a hat and coat before entering.

And while many homeowners think they have no choice but to grin and bear it, temperature fluctuations in a home can – and should – be corrected. Not only do hot and cold spots produce a less than comfortable indoor environment, the underlying causes could mean your home heating system is running inefficiently, resulting in higher than normal energy bills.

Here are the most likely and common causes of home hot and cold spots:

  • A heating or air conditioning system that is too big or too small for the size of your home. An undersized unit, for example, simply can’t heat or cool effectively. On the flip side, an oversized system will frequently short-cycle (continuously turning on and off) which not only can produce hot and cold spots but shorten the equipment’s lifespan.
  • Ductwork that is poorly designed, under-insulated, or not properly maintained can restrict airflow to certain areas of your home, resulting in uneven temperatures. A qualified HVAC technician can pinpoint problems in your ductwork and provide an effective and long-term solution.
  • The location and number of heating vents can greatly impact airflow throughout your home. A standard 12’ x 12’ room may need only one vent, while a great room with vaulted ceilings will require two, three, or more. Also, their placement is just as crucial to properly heating or cooling that space while maintaining a consistent temperature.
  • Sometimes the culprit of inconsistent temperatures is your homes’ insulation, or lack thereof. Proper insulation works to keep our homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer, but certain areas of the home might require more. Over time, insulation can break down, especially in older homes. A thorough heat loss assessment can identify areas that are losing heat and, accordingly, where you could benefit from added insulation.

Here at Air Professional Associates, we have a world of experience in providing uniform levels of warm and cool air throughout homes of every size and design style, including yours. Contact us today to let us know what’s lacking from your vision of a perfect indoor climate, and we’ll take whatever corrective measures are required to turn that vision into reality.