What to do about hot & cold spots in your home.

Experiencing different temperatures throughout the home means there are hot & cold spots.

Lets find out more about what they are and what can be done do address them.

 

 

First, the sure tell signs there are hot & cold spots in the home.

  • Many rooms throughout the home are a different temperature. Upstairs rooms are warmer, downstairs rooms are cooler. Family members have different temperature preferences and never seeming to be comfortable.
  • Higher utility bills. Constantly running your fan during the summer. AC or furnace starts and stops frequently or runs all the time, and house is not comfortable.
  • High humidity in the home throughout the summer.
  • Lack of airflow. Noisy equipment or air flow. Poor air quality.
  • Aggravated allergy and asthmas symptoms. On-going dust buildup shortly after dusting.
  • Problems with your comfort system (furnace and air conditioner) since it was installed, or from when you moved in.
  • Drafts, temperature swings, stuffiness, clamminess, mugginess, musty odors, etc.

 

Second, the causes creating hot & cold spots.

  • The layout of your home. Rooms built over the garage always tend to be cooler in the winter months. If your home has multiple levels the air flow takes longer to circulate throughout your home. Rooms with several windows will always experience warmer temperatures.
  • Seasonal temperature. A rooms temperature will change depending on the time of day. During summer rooms that face east side will be warmer during sunrise, and rooms facing the west side will be warmer during sun set.
  • Equipment issues. The air conditioner or furnace may not be the right size for your home. Air vents may be blocked or closed. Duck work could have been installed incorrectly. The thermostat may be located where it is affected by drafts, the sun or other heat sources preventing it from reading the true temperature in your home.

 

Third, how to prevent hot & cold spots.

  • Check your vents to ensure they are not blocked and that the mesh has been removed if your home is a new build.
  • Consider using window coverings like sun shades and blinds to block the heat.
  • Look for drafts due to weather stripping issues on your door or an improperly sealed/ insulated window and address them.
  • Investigate improving the insulation in your attic and other areas of your home. If you’re simply just not comfortable in your own home, it would be best to contact a HVAC company and have a certified technician come out to help improve your heating and cooling efficiency. Some of their recommendations could be upgrades to your thermostat, zoning, duct cleaning or AC/ furnace repairs and a scheduled maintenance plan.

 

If you are experience one or more of the signs listed, address what might be causing them and continue to take preventive measures to minimize hot & cold spots in the home.

 

References:

Getting Rid of Unwanted Hot Spots in Your Home

3 Tips for Dealing with Hot and Cold Spots in Your Home

Eliminating the Frustrating Hot and Cold Spots

How to Eliminate Hot and Cold Spots in Your Home

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