Signs, Causes & Preventions for Hot & Cold Spots

 

 

Signs: If you are experiencing and inconsistent temperature in your home, you may be experiencing one or more of these signs.

  • Rooms throughout your home are a different temperature
  • Upstairs rooms are warmer than downstairs rooms
  • Higher utility bills and poor energy efficiency
  • Family members have a different temperature and comfort level
  • Higher humidity in your home throughout the summer
  • You are constantly running your fan during the summer
  • There is a lack of airflow
  • You have noisy equipment or airflow
  • Poor air quality in your home
  • On-going dust buildup, even after dusting
  • Problems with your furnace and air conditioner since it was installed, or from when you moved in
  • Aggravated allergy and asthmas symptoms
  • Furnace or AC starts and stops frequently or runs all the time, and house is not comfortable
  • Drafts, temperature swings, stuffiness, clamminess, mugginess, musty odors, etc.

Causes: There are several factors that can cause hot and cold spots in your home.

Home Layout: Rooms that are built over a garage will always be cooler in the winter months. Does your home have multiple levels? If so, the air flow will take longer to circulate throughout your home.

 

Seasonal: Rooms with several windows will always have a warmer temperature. A rooms temperature will change depending on the time of day. For example, rooms that face east side will be warmer during sunrise, and rooms facing the west side will be warmer during sun set during the winter months.

 

Equipment: Your air conditioner or furnace might not be the right size for your home which will give you inefficient heating and cooling. You could have blocked or closed air vents or even improper duct work. Where is your thermostat located? In its location, is it affected by drafts, the sun or other heat sources? This would prevent it from reading the true temperature in your home.

 

Prevention: There are a few things you can do to help improve the temperature and air flow in your home.

  • Check you vents that they are not blocked and that the mesh has been removed if your home is a new build.
  • Consider window coverings such as sun shades and blinds to block the heat.
  • Look for drafts and address issues such as old weather stripping and improperly sealed/ insulated windows.
  • Investigate improving the insulation for your attic and other areas of your home.
  • Contact an 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.

 

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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