How to Find and Fix Hot and Cold Spots

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If you discover that you have hot and cold spots in your Muskogee home, you’re not alone. This is a pretty regular problem. While it might seem like a major issue, the good news is that the common causes of hot and cold spots are normally easy to fix with a normal air conditioning service. The most common causes for hot and cold spots are:

  • Zero zoning or improper zoning
  • Poorly designed or ineffectively sized duct systems
  • Leaky or poorly insulated air ducts
  • The wrong size of HVAC equipment

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 in the ductwork of your forced-air system. The thermostats are working nonstop, reading the temperature of their assigned zone, then open or close the dampers to meet the thermostat's settings. This could be the key to keeping that one frozen bedroom warm in the winter, or that hot box sunroom comfortable all summer. Plus, when it’s used 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 not sized appropriately for the room that needs heated and cooled, or it’s designed the wrong way. We find this is especially commonplace in homes that were built before many of today’s tools and training were around. Unfortunately, even the most energy-efficient HVAC equipment can’t meet homeowners’ expectations if the duct system isn’t permitting it to do its job. In fact, a bad duct system could actually cause new equipment to work harder than needed and shorten its life. The pros at Hix Air Conditioning Service, 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 designed and sized appropriately for your home, it might still be at the root of your home’s hot and cold spots. It’s commonplace for the ducts in a home to leak some over time. Pros like Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. can look at 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 routine 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 noticing hot and cold spots through your home. Improperly sized HVAC equipment might be the culprit. A system that is too small has to work 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 mean problems because it’ll cycle on and off too often to do its job properly.

No matter what’s causing the hot and cold spots in your home, Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. can help. Just give us a call at 918-534-8286 and we’ll help you figure it out and determine 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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