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How to Find and Fix Hot and Cold Spots

If you find that you have hot and cold spots throughout your Saint Louis home, you’re not alone. This is a fairly regular occurrence. While it may seem like a major problem, the good news is that the normal causes of hot and cold spots are typically easy to fix with a simple air conditioning service. The most routine causes for hot and cold spots are:

  • Zero zoning or improper zoning
  • Poorly designed or ineffectively sized duct systems
  • Leaky or inefficiently insulated air ducts
  • HVAC equipment that is too big or too small

Lack of Zoning or Improper Zoning
A zoning system breaks up your home into separate areas, known as “zones,” and means you can customize the air temperature in each zone. The system uses multiple thermostats that operate dampers within the ductwork of your forced-air system. The thermostats constantly read the temperature of their designated zone, then open or close the dampers to meet the thermostat's settings. This may be the key to keeping that one freezing 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 isn’t sized correctly for the room that needs heated and cooled, or it’s designed the wrong way. We find this is especially normal in homes that were built before a lot of today’s tools and training were used. Unfortunately, even the most energy-efficient HVAC equipment can’t live up to homeowners’ expectations if the duct system isn’t allowing it to do its job. In fact, a shoddy duct system could actually cause new equipment to work harder than it should and reduce its life cycle. The professionals at Morgner Incorporated Air Conditioning & Heating 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 properly designed and sized for your home, it could still be the source of your home’s hot and cold spots. It’s normal for the ducts in a home to leak a bit over time. Experts like Morgner Incorporated Air Conditioning & Heating can inspect your ducts and let you know if they ought to be sealed. They may also find that your ducts aren’t leaking, but they’re not correctly insulated. Fortunately, this is also a pretty simple 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 feeling hot and cold spots around your home. Improperly sized HVAC equipment could 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 cause problems because it’ll cycle on and off too often to do its job well.

No matter what’s the culprit of the hot and cold spots in your home, Morgner Incorporated Air Conditioning & Heating can help. Just give us a call at 314-961-0875 and we’ll help you pinpoint the problem and determine if you need air conditioning service, or any other types of HVAC service that will help you keep your home comfortable. You can even arrange an appointment with us online if it’s better for you.

 
 
*Source: U.S. Department of Energy statistics