Have you ever had the problem where you leave your living room to head to your bedroom, and feel the need to put on a sweater? Hot and cold spots are a common occurrence in many households, and they’re a real pain when December through February temperatures roll around. We have some tips on how you can get your whole home to be the same temperature.
What Causes Hot and Cold Spots?
There are two main causes when it comes to hot and cold spots in your home:
1. The Way Your Home was Built
The structure of your home will have a big impact on hot and cold spots in your home. This includes:
2. The Way Your Ductwork was Installed
It’s not just windows and insulation that contribute to inconsistent temperatures in your home. The way your ductwork is laid out will have an impact as well. If properly designed and installed, air is spread equally to all parts of your home so that walking from room to room doesn’t require a change of clothing. If improperly designed or installed, then you’ll find that some rooms get much less heat than others. If you believe your ductwork is the issue, give us a call. We will schedule an appointment to have a certified technician come out to your home to evaluate.
Ways to Eliminate Hot and Cold Spots
There are some ways that you can help eliminate hot and cold spots in your home:
1. Check to Make Sure No Vents are Blocked
Make sure your vents aren’t blocked by any furniture, and that the warm air has a clear path to the rest of the room. Sometimes a room will have a cold spot because the underside of a sofa is taking all the warm air.
2. Look for Drafts
Check your windows and doors for any broken seals and look for any other potential sources of drafts that are working against your furnace.
3. Think About Your Insulation
Your insulation is the never-seen part of your home, but it’s necessary for Kansas winters. So, you want to make sure it’s in good shape. If you suspect that your insulation is failing-or that you may not have any insulation (which can happen when you live in an older home)- hire a professional to come to your home to do an evaluation. They know what to look for and will be able to advise you if there are any problems.
4. Use Zoning, and Good Thermostats
One of the absolute best ways to avoid hot and cold spots in your home is to invest in multi-zone heating. There are a couple of options available to suite your needs and budget. A multi-zone system allows you to adjust the temperatures for different rooms at different times. One option is to have thermostats in your home that control dampers in your air ducts. Another option is a duct free system (also known as a mini split) in your home. This system is a very economical choice, and many systems are ENERGY STAR certified. These systems help with hot and cold spots by targeting only those areas that need heating and cooling. Another great aspect of a mini split is that you can control the temperature in each individual room. They are also very quiet and have a high SEER rating. If you would like more information on a duct free system contact us today, and we will schedule a certified technician to come out to you home.
5. Furnace Maintenance
While not the cause of hot and cold spots, your furnace could be making it feel worse if it isn’t operating properly. A furnace tune up will not only make sure that it is heating your home properly but will give you peace of mind that it should hold up in the winter. If your furnace does breakdown, call us. We offer same day to next day appointments.
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