Hot and cold spots are very annoying and very noticeable. The inconsistencies in temperature can have you feeling cold one minute and hot the next. Unfortunately, many people don’t pay too much attention to those hot and cold spots. Some may think it’s a draft from the doors or other scenarios. But that isn’t always the case. Hot and cold spots can indicate that there is an issue somewhere in your home. Have you ever woke up from sleeping in a hot sweat? Or notice dramatic changes in temperature in certain areas? These hot and cold spots are warning signs that should be addressed. Even though the signs don’t indicate an emergency, it does indicate that there is a potential problem that needs to be investigated. By having your AC technician research the hot and cold spots, will allow them to fix the issues before they escalate. There are a few common issues that could be causing this problem in your home.
Proper Air Conditioning Sizing
Having the proper size AC system is the key to great comfort. Having a system that is too large or too small is not effective. You will only end up wasting money and energy. It is very difficult when your system is not properly sized, to control the entire home at the same temperature. There will not be consistency, especially if your system is working harder than it should to maintain that temperature. It takes a specialized technician to understand that proper sizing is the most important aspect of your air conditioning system. Once your air conditioning technician can rule out the sizing, then he’s on to the next potential cause. Finding the problem to the hot and cold spots in your home is not always an easy task. However, the solution may be easier than you think. Once you can identify the leading problem, then the technicians can work on providing a solution.
Poorly Sized and Insulated Ductwork
Ductwork is typically constructed from thin sheet metal. When you have your ductwork installed in places such as attics, crawl spaces, etc., you could run into problems if not properly insulated. Regulating your indoor temperature is not difficult, unless the installment was not done properly. Did you know that according to the US Department of Energy states that uninsulated air ducts could lose up to 10-30 percent of energy? That number may not seem like a lot, but it sure does add up on your utility statements. You may notice hot and cold spots around your home where there is poor insulation. If you are not sure about the condition of your ductwork or insulation, contact a technician today. We can examine the ductwork to ensure adequate levels of insulation.
It is very common in older homes that our technicians find fault with the ductwork. Regulations and requirements have changed dramatically over the years, which means what is required now may not have been a requirement that year. When you have poor insulation, improper duct sizes, incorrect designing and placements of air ducts, it could lead to a larger problem than you may think. When an AC company recommends you need new ductwork, a homeowner would not normally question their findings. But what if the issue was not solely the equipment? Every home has something that is called the thermal envelope. The important parts of a thermal envelope are the outer walls, foundation, windows, roof and doors. These are very important to an air conditioning company when trying to fix the issues of hot and cold spots inside your home. The purpose of the thermal envelope is designed to prevent temperature lose from inside to outside and outside to inside. Balance is needed to feel comfortable in your home. Once the AC company understanding the thermal envelope of your home, they will properly size the equipment, ductwork and insulation that is needed.
Leaking Air Ducts
If your air ducts are leaking, that could create a large problem. Not only are you loosing air flow efficiency, but you are letting money slip right through the cracks. Hot and cold spots normally go hand in hand with leaky ducts. That is because the air that is being forced out of crack or breach, is not making it into your home. That could cause an imbalance in temperatures. Imagine drinking from a straw. It can be difficult if there is a crack in it. When you try to suck the straw, the fluids will seep through the crack. So imagine this inside your AC system. The air flow isn’t properly flowing throughout the entire system, causing hot and cold spots. If left untreated, you could lose up to 20 percent efficiency from your AC system.
Improper Zoning Areas
Noticing a temperature imbalance may be the beginning of an underlying issue. Many homes are equipped with what is called a zoning system. If you live in a larger home, you may benefit from a customized zoning system. The word zone come from the different sections or zones of your home that could be controlled with different thermostats and be kept at different temperatures. Having controlled zones allows you to maintain control by adjusting the comfort levels within those zones around your home. For instance, if you live in a two story home, you could have multiple temperatures around the home. The downstairs could be a moderate temperature while the upstairs bedrooms could be cooler. Each being controlled by different temperatures. This allows for your home to have a manageable handle for comfort. When you try to provide comfort to the entire house on one standard degree, your air conditioning system may have a hard time maintaining the temperature in every room of the house. This will cause you and your family to notice a temperature differential with hot and cold spots around the home. No matter the size of your home, balance is the key to happiness and comfort.
When you are experiencing these frustrating hot and cold areas around your home, you may benefit from an inspection. Your air conditioning company will examine the problem areas throughout the home. At AC Today, we have experienced technicians who are trained to search for pinpoint issues that may be causing the problem areas. However, we are also relying on the homeowner as well. Once you start to notice abnormal issues, it is recommended that you note them for further references. That way when our technician arrives at your home, you can better explain your concerns. Here is a small list that may indicate there is an issue.
Uneven temperatures throughout the house
High humidity during the summer
Lack of airflow
Poor air quality
Rooms that are either too hot or too cold
Intense allergy and asthma symptoms
Dust is compiling quicker than normal
House never feels comfortable
High utility bills
Poor energy efficiency
Hot and cold spots around the home
All of these are great concerns that you should express with your air conditioning company. Keep yourself comfortable in your own home. Being a homeowner, you should be able to indicate that there may be an underlying problem when you feel that there are hot and cold spots around your home. That’s when you pick up the phone and call AC Today. Leave the dirty work for your HVAC specialist.