How to Find and Fix Hot and Cold Spots

If you realize that you have hot and cold spots throughout your Winnipeg home, you’re not alone. This is a pretty regular issue. While it may seem like a larger problem, 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 routine causes for hot and cold spots are:

  • Lack of zoning or improper zoning
  • Poorly designed or ineffectively sized duct systems
  • Leaky or poorly insulated air ducts
  • HVAC equipment that is too big or too small

Lack of Zoning or Improper Zoning
A zoning system divides your home into separate areas, known as “zones,” and means you’re able to determine the air temperature in each zone. The system involves multiple thermostats that operate dampers within the ductwork of your forced-air system. The thermostats are working nonstop, reading the temperature of their assigned zone, then open or close the dampers according to the thermostat's settings. This may be the missing link to keeping that one frozen bedroom warm in the winter, or that smoldering sunroom comfortable all summer. Plus, when it’s used with a programmable thermostat, zoning can mean home energy savings of up to 35 percent.*

Poorly Designed or Ineffectively Sized Duct Systems
Some homeowners end up with hot and cold spots simply because their home’s duct system is not sized appropriately for the room that needs heated and cooled, or it’s designed the wrong way. We find this is fairly common in homes that were built before a lot of today’s tools and training were around. Unfortunately, even the most energy-efficient HVAC equipment can’t meet homeowners’ expectations if the duct system isn’t allowing it to do its job. In fact, a shoddy duct system could actually cause new equipment to work more frequently than necessary and shorten its lifespan. The pros at Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning can help you decide if your duct work is working for your home.

Leaky or Inadequately Insulated Air Ducts
Even if your duct system is designed and sized properly 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 become leaky over time. Professionals like Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning can check your ducts and let you know if they should be sealed. They might also find that your ducts aren’t leaking, but they’re not properly insulated. Fortunately, this is also a pretty simple fix.

Improperly Sized HVAC Equipment
So there’s a chance your air duct system is just fine and you have a good zoning system, but you’re still feeling hot and cold spots around your home. Improperly sized HVAC equipment might be the culprit. A system that is too small has to work harder to heat or cool your home, leaving you with hot and cold spots because it can’t handle the amount of space it needs to condition. Even a system that’s too big can leave you with problems because it’ll cycle on and off too often to do its job well.

No matter what’s causing the hot and cold spots in your home, Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning can help. Just give us a call at 204-272-8128 and we’ll help you figure it out and decide if you need air conditioning service, or any other types of HVAC service that could help you keep your home cozy. 

 
 
*Source: U.S. Department of Energy statistics
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