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How to Find and Fix Hot and Cold Spots

If you realize that you have hot and cold spots through your Middletown home, you’re not alone. This is a pretty regular issue. While it might seem like a larger concern, the good news is that the typical causes of hot and cold spots are usually easy to fix with a normal air conditioning service. The most common causes for hot and cold spots are:

  • Lack of zoning or improper zoning
  • Poorly designed or ineffectively sized duct systems
  • Leaky or inefficiently 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 allows you to set the air temperature in each zone. The system uses multiple thermostats that run dampers in the ductwork of your forced-air system. The thermostats are working nonstop, reading the temperature of their specific 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 utilize 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 have hot and cold spots simply because their home’s duct system isn’t sized correctly for the area that needs heated and cooled, or it’s designed the wrong way. We find this is pretty normal in homes that were built before a lot of today’s tools and training were around. Unfortunately, even the most energy-efficient HVAC equipment can’t live up to homeowners’ expectations if the duct system isn’t letting it do its job. In fact, a bad duct system could actually cause new equipment to work more often than needed and decrease its life cycle. The pros at Schagrin Gas Company 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 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. Experts like Schagrin Gas Company can inspect your ducts and let you know if they ought to be sealed. They could also find that your ducts aren’t leaking, but they’re not correctly insulated. Fortunately, this is also a pretty 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 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, 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 mean problems because it’ll cycle on and off too often to do its job correctly.

No matter what’s the culprit of the hot and cold spots in your home, Schagrin Gas Company can help. Just give us a call at 302-658-2000 and we’ll help you decide what the issue is and decide if you need air conditioning service, or any other types of HVAC service that could help you keep your home comfy. You can even schedule an appointment with us online if it’s better for you.

 
 
*Source: U.S. Department of Energy statistics