Have Hot and Cold Spots in Your House?
HVAC Questions & Answers
We get calls on the regular regarding hot and cold spots in the house. Sometimes folks will have an upstairs that's as hot as a sauna and a downstairs as cool as an igloo. Others will walk into one room that's cool, then walk into another that's as hot as the dickens. Switching rooms should not feel like a time warp from Texas to Alaska.
Although, hot and cold spots in your house are common, they are also annoying and sometimes uncomfortable. Here are some reasons why you may have uneven temperatures in your home.
Having the wrong size HVAC unit in your home can be the cause of hot and cold areas. On the one hand, if your unit is too small, it will overwork itself and not only cause uneven temperatures, but can also run up your electric bill. On the other hand, a unit too large can also cause uneven temperature zones by overcooling one area and not others.
Improper HVAC zoning in your home could be the cause of uneven temperatures and hot and cold areas. A zoning system can allow you to have much more control over the airflow in you home from room-to-room.
Hot and cold spots in your house can come as a result of incorrect duct sizes and/or improper layout. Oftentimes a home's ductwork will be laid out in such a way where some ducts have little to no air coming out of them. This obviously creates a situation where a room would remain hot in the summer and cold in the winter.
Homes with poor or improper insulation can result in hot and cold zones in the house. Homes with tall ceilings, especially, can suffer if poorly insulated. Also, if the ductwork itself is not properly insulated, hot ands cold issues could arise and cause uneven temperature zones. Leaks around doors, windows, and attics can also be the culprit of hot and cold zones.
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