Do you have Hot & Cold Spots in your home?

If you are experiencing a different temperature throughout your home, you have hot & cold spots.

There are several reasons why this may be happening, from the layout of your home, heating and cooling equipment issues or seasonal factors. Let’s look at hot & cold spots in a bit more detail.

 

 

What are the signs?

  • Many rooms throughout your home are a different temperature
  • Upstairs rooms are warmer, downstairs rooms are cooler
  • Higher utility bills and poor energy efficiency
  • Family members having a different temperature preference and never seeming to be comfortable
  • High humidity in your home throughout the summer
  • Constantly running your fan during the summer
  • Lack of airflow
  • Noisy equipment or air flow
  • Poor air quality
  • 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
  • Aggravated allergy and asthmas symptoms
  • AC or furnace starts and stops frequently or runs all the time, and house is not comfortable
  • Drafts, temperature swings, stuffiness, clamminess, mugginess, musty odors, etc.

 

What is causing them?

There are several factors that can cause hot and cold spots in your home. Let’s look at 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. Did you know that a rooms temperature will change depending on the time of day? During the warmer months rooms that face east side will be warmer during sunrise, and rooms facing the west side will be warmer during sun set. It is not uncommon to have an air conditioner or furnace that is not the right size for your home, therefore giving you inefficient heating and cooling. You might even have blocked or closed air vents, improper duct work or possibly your thermostat is located where it is affected by drafts, the sun or other heat sources preventing it from reading the true temperature in your home.

 

How to help prevent them

There are a few things you can do to help improve the temperature and air flow in your home. Make sure you check you 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. It is important to look for drafts due to weather stripping issues on your door or an improperly sealed/ insulated window. You could investigate improving the insulation for 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.

 

To sum up this post, if you are experiencing different temperatures throughout your home which are making you uncomfortable, address the signs and causes and try to perform some preventive measures. We all deserve to be comfortable in our own 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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