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How to Find and Fix Hot and Cold Spots

If you realize that you have hot and cold spots in your Moline home, you’re not alone. This is a pretty common occurrence. While it may seem like a big 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 likely 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
  • 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 set the air temperature in each zone. The system is composed of multiple thermostats that control dampers within 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 match up with the thermostat's settings. This might be the key to keeping that one frozen bedroom warm in the winter, or that hot box sunroom comfortable all summer. Plus, when you use it with a programmable thermostat, zoning can 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 is not sized appropriately for the area that needs heated and cooled, or it’s poorly designed. We find this is pretty normal 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 meet 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 necessary and shorten its life. The experts at J.L. Brady Company LLC 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 designed and sized appropriately for your home, it might still be the cause of your home’s hot and cold spots. It’s common for the ducts in a home to leak a bit over time. Pros like J.L. Brady Company LLC 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 properly insulated. Fortunately, this is also a fairly 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 experiencing hot and cold spots through your home. Improperly sized HVAC equipment might be the issue. A system that is too small has to run 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 cause problems because it’ll cycle on and off too often to do its job properly.

No matter what’s the culprit of the hot and cold spots in your home, J.L. Brady Company LLC can help. Just give us a call at 309-517-7511 and we’ll help you figure it out and determine if you need air conditioning service, or any other types of HVAC service that will help you keep your home comfy. You can even set up an appointment with us online if it’s easier for you.

 
 
*Source: U.S. Department of Energy statistics