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Why Are There Hot and Cold Spots in My Home?

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Posted October 25, 2017
Hot and cold spots in room

Your home is freezing downstairs, but then you find yourself peeling off layers when you go upstairs to go to bed. These hot and cold spots are common but extremely annoying. Why does your upstairs feel like a sauna while your downstairs feels like an igloo?

If you feel like you’re switching seasons when you’re switching rooms, there are a few explanations to these inconsistent temperatures in your home.

Your unit is not the right size for your home.

If your unit is too small, it could be working overtime to heat or cool your home. On the other hand, though, a unit that is too large could also cause hot or cold spots, because one area of the home may be heated or cooled more than needed. Units that are not the right size make it hard to control steady temperatures and humidity levels in your home, leading to those sauna-like and igloo-like areas.

Your ductwork or house is not well-insulated.

Ductwork is usually made of metal, and the ducts could lose some of the hot or cool air when traveling to rooms farther away from the unit. Or, if ducts are exposed, such as in attics or basements, they won’t be as well-insulated.

If your ductwork is insulated and you’re still having problems, then your home’s insulation may be contributing to hot or cold spots in your home. If your home is not well-insulated, then some rooms will be warmer or cooler than others. For example, if a room is on the west side of your home is warmer than one on the north side of your home, it could be because of the direct sunlight it gets in the afternoon, which causes the room to be warm in the evenings.

Check for air leaks around your home as well. Air leaks combined with poor insulation is the perfect recipe for inconsistent temperatures in your home.

Your home isn’t properly zoned.

Hot and cold spots in your home may be because of improper zoning. If it isn’t zoned properly, ductless split systems could be a good alternative to combat those inconsistent temperatures, especially in finished basements or attics. Ductless split systems allow you to extend your existing system without costly changes. They are easy to install and can save you money on your utility bills while also increasing the comfort level in your home. And, not to mention, it will keep everyone from fighting over the thermostat (even Dad!).

Inconsistent temperatures in your home are annoying, but you don’t have to live with them. Cool down the sauna and melt that igloo by fixing those fluctuating temperatures.  For more information on how to stabilize the temperature in your home, give us a call or schedule your next appointment online.


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