Fixing Hot And Cold Spots In Your Home
Many of us experience uneven temperatures in our homes, whether it’s from level to level or room to room. Uneven heating and cooling can rob us of comfort and leave us devising clothing strategies to combat the unpredictable weather within our walls.
But clever clothing strategies aren’t really the best way to handle uneven temperatures in your New Jersey home. What you really want to do is get to the root of the problem – and to understand why you have it in the first place.
Causes Of Hot And Cold Spots
Uneven temperatures in your home are typically caused by three factors: poor airflow within your heating system or cooling system, insufficient insulation, or air leaks.
More specifically, causes of hot and cold spots include:
- Poor airflow between the furnace or A/C and its vents
- Incorrectly installed ductwork
- A mis-sized HVAC system
- Drafts between conditioned and unconditioned or outdoor spaces
- A thermostat giving inaccurate readings (often due to placement)
As you might imagine, these problems aren’t always easy to diagnose without the right tools and training. An experienced HVAC contractor can help you identify the real cause of your heating and cooling issues and determine the best way to solve the problem.
Six Fixes For Uneven Heating And Cooling
If you’re experiencing uneven heating and cooling in your home, here are some possible solutions an expert might suggest, in order from the simplest to the most complex:
- Close vents in underused rooms – If you have a forced-air system, redirect conditioned air to rooms you use most.
- Check your air filter – In a forced-air system, a blocked air filter will make it difficult for your blower to force air through your ductwork; reduced airflow means that less warm air in winter and less cool air in summer reaches your living space. Try replacing your air filter before moving on to more substantial measures.
- Seal air leaks – Caulk leaky window and door frames, install door sweeps, and add weatherstripping to door jambs to reduce drafts.
- Take care of your ducts – As much as 15 percent of the air you paid to heat or cool could be lost via cracks in your ducts before it ever reaches your living space. If you notice steadily rising bills, consider investing in a professional ductwork inspection – since many leaks are located behind walls and in hard-to-reach spaces, it’s not a DIY job.
- Service your equipment – Uneven heating and cooling could be a sign of a larger problem with your HVAC system, so make sure to schedule routine maintenance for your heating and cooling system every year.
- Add a supplemental heat pump system – If you have a larger home with distinct problem areas, it might make sense to supplement your central heating and cooling system with a mini-split ductless heat pump. Mini-split heat pumps provide targeted high-efficiency comfort year-round without the need to connect to your central duct system. They’re easy to install, run quietly, and work great!
Experiencing uneven heating and cooling in your home? Dixon Energy’s expert HVAC technicians can help. Contact us today to learn more about cooling and heating system service in Morris, Somerset, Union, and southern Sussex counties, New Jersey!