If you realize that you have hot and cold spots in your Front Royal home, you’re not alone. This is a relatively common problem. While it can seem like a major issue, the good news is that the common causes of hot and cold spots are usually easy to fix with a normal air conditioning service. The most routine 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
- 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’re able to set the air temperature in each zone. The system involves multiple thermostats that run dampers in 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 meet the thermostat's settings. This might be the missing link to keeping that one frozen bedroom warm in the winter, or that heat chamber sunroom comfortable all summer. Plus, when you utilize it with a programmable thermostat, zoning may 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 isn’t sized correctly for the space that needs heated and cooled, or it’s poorly designed. We find this is pretty commonplace in homes that were built before many of today’s tools and training were available. Unfortunately, even the most energy-efficient HVAC equipment can’t match 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 needed and reduce its life. The experts at Dave's Diversified Services can help you determine if your duct work is working for your home.
Leaky or Inadequately Insulated Air Ducts
Even if your duct system is properly designed and sized for your home, it may still be at the root of your home’s hot and cold spots. It’s common for the ducts in a home to become leaky over time. Professionals like Dave's Diversified Services can inspect your ducts and let you know if they need sealed. They could also find that your ducts aren’t leaking, but they’re not adequately insulated. Fortunately, this is also a fairly simple fix.
Improperly Sized HVAC Equipment
So there’s a chance your air duct system is just fine and you have a good zoning system, but you’re still experiencing hot and cold spots throughout your home. Improperly sized HVAC equipment might be the issue. 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 keep up with the amount of space it needs to condition. Even a system that’s too big can leave you with problems because it’ll cycle on and off too often to do its job properly.
No matter what’s the cause of the hot and cold spots in your home, Dave's Diversified Services can help. Just give us a call at 540-636-3396 and we’ll help you figure it out and decide if you need air conditioning service, or any other types of HVAC service that can help you keep your home cozy.
*Source: U.S. Department of Energy statistics