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How to Find and Fix Hot and Cold Spots

If you discover that you have hot and cold spots in your Hudsonville home, you’re not alone. This is a fairly regular issue. While it might seem like a major issue, the good news is that the typical causes of hot and cold spots are normally easy to fix with a straightforward air conditioning service. The most common 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 determine 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 meet the thermostat's settings. This could be the key to keeping that one freezing bedroom warm in the winter, or that hot box sunroom comfortable all summer. Plus, when you utilize 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 have hot and cold spots simply because their home’s duct system isn’t sized correctly for the space 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 used. Unfortunately, even the most energy-efficient HVAC equipment can’t match homeowners’ expectations if the duct system isn’t permitting it to do its job. In fact, a bad duct system could actually cause new equipment to work more often than needed and shorten its lifespan. The professionals at West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services 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 could still be the cause of your home’s hot and cold spots. It’s common for the ducts in a home to leak some over time. Experts like West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services can check 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 fairly routine 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 feeling hot and cold spots through your home. Improperly sized HVAC equipment may be the issue. 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 cause problems because it’ll cycle on and off too often to do its job correctly.

No matter what’s causing the hot and cold spots in your home, West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services can help. Just give us a call at 616-669-3961 and we’ll help you decide what the issue is and figure out if you need air conditioning service, or any other types of HVAC service that can help you keep your home comfortable. You can even schedule an appointment with us online if it’s more convenient for you.

 
 
*Source: U.S. Department of Energy statistics