How to Find and Fix Hot and Cold Spots

If you discover that you have hot and cold spots in your Tomball home, you’re not alone. This is a fairly common problem. While it can seem like a larger issue, the good news is that the typical causes of hot and cold spots are usually easy to fix with a straightforward 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 inadequately 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 means you can set the air temperature in each zone. The system is composed of multiple thermostats that control dampers within the ductwork of your forced-air system. The thermostats are always reading the temperature of their designated zone, then open or close the dampers to match up with the thermostat's settings. This could be the missing link to keeping that one cold bedroom warm in the winter, or that heat chamber sunroom comfortable all summer. Plus, when you use it with a programmable thermostat, zoning could mean home energy savings of up to 35 percent.*

Poorly Designed or Ineffectively Sized Duct Systems
Some homeowners experience hot and cold spots simply because their home’s duct system is the wrong size for the space that needs heated and cooled, or it’s improperly designed. We find this is fairly normal in homes that were built before a lot of today’s tools and training were available. Unfortunately, even the most energy-efficient HVAC equipment can’t live up to homeowners’ expectations if the duct system isn’t permitting it to do its job. In fact, a shoddy duct system could actually cause new equipment to work more often than necessary and decrease its life. The experts at Premium Air Services LLC 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 appropriately for your home, it could still be the source of your home’s hot and cold spots. It’s common for the ducts in a home to become leaky over time. Pros like Premium Air Services 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 adequately insulated. Fortunately, this is also a pretty 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 noticing hot and cold spots throughout your home. Improperly sized HVAC equipment may be the culprit. A system that is too small has to run harder to heat or cool your home, leaving you with 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 cause problems because it’ll cycle on and off too often to do its job properly.

No matter what’s the culprit of the hot and cold spots in your home, Premium Air Services LLC can help. Just give us a call at 713-364-9957 and we’ll help you decide what the issue is and determine 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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