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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 Colorado Springs home, you’re not alone. This is a pretty regular occurrence. While it can seem like a major issue, the good news is that the normal causes of hot and cold spots are typically easy to fix with a straightforward air conditioning service. The most likely causes for hot and cold spots are:

  • No 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 splits your home into separate areas, known as “zones,” and means you’re able to determine the air temperature in each zone. The system uses multiple thermostats that run dampers in the ductwork of your forced-air system. The thermostats constantly read the temperature of their assigned zone, then open or close the dampers to meet the thermostat's settings. This might be the key 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 may mean home energy savings of up to 35 percent.*

Poorly Designed or Ineffectively Sized Duct Systems
Some homeowners have hot and cold spots simply because their home’s duct system is not sized appropriately for the space that needs heated and cooled, or it’s poorly designed. We find this is pretty common in homes that were built before many 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 permitting it to do its job. In fact, a poor duct system could actually cause new equipment to work more frequently than it should and reduce its life cycle. The experts at Mitchell 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 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 become leaky over time. Pros like Mitchell Heating can look at your ducts and let you know if they need sealed. They might also find that your ducts aren’t leaking, but they’re not correctly insulated. Fortunately, this is also a generally easy 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 experiencing hot and cold spots through your home. Improperly sized HVAC equipment may 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 take care of 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 well.

No matter what’s causing the hot and cold spots in your home, Mitchell Heating can help. Just give us a call at 719-596-6677 and we’ll help you pinpoint the problem and figure out if you need air conditioning service, or any other types of HVAC service that will help you keep your home cozy. You can even schedule an appointment with us online if it’s easier for you.

 
 
*Source: U.S. Department of Energy statistics