What Causes Hot and Cold Spots in My Home?

Rod Johnson Cooling and Air Conditioning, Heating and Furnaces

If you watch too many ghost hunter shows, you probably think that a cold spot in your house means it’s haunted. The good news is that there are plenty of other, more mundane causes of cold spots that don’t need Dr. Venkman’s help to fix.

If you have a mysterious cold spot lurking in your home, here are a few of the usual suspects.

Your Heating and Cooling System isn’t The Right Size

Especially if you live in a pre-owned home, you may not have thought much about the size of the existing HVAC system. If a system is too small for your space, it will work harder to heat or cool some areas and be unable to reach others.

Even a system that is too large can create hot and cold spots throughout your house. It may be heating and cooling parts of your home a little too much, leaving your to feel the physical effects.

The best solution is to replace your HVAC system with one that is the right size for your specific home. You can consult an expert, like the team at Rod Johnson Air, to learn more about replacing your current HVAC with one that is more appropriate for your square footage.

There isn’t Adequate Insulation

Any traditional heating and cooling system has ductwork. We’ve all seen the movies where a character sneaks into a building by crawling through the ducts to get inside, often encountering challenges like ninjas or aliens along the way.

Your home’s ductwork is a vital part of your heating and cooling system. If they’re not properly insulated, they can easily cause hot and cold spots in your home.

Since ducts are metal, they are prone to heating up or cooling depending on external forces. You may also have exposed duct work, like in your attic or basement. If that’s the case, the system be able to deliver the hot or cold air to each room efficiently. They simply need to be better insulated.

You may also find that your home isn’t insulated enough to keep from losing hot or cold air. Check for leaks around windows and doors. Your HVAC system might be doing its job right, but it can’t keep up with the inefficient insulation in various areas.

You Don’t Have Zoned Heating and Cooling

If you’re asking yourself “what is zoning” when it comes to heating and cooling your home, then you probably already know the answer to this question. Some homes are simply too big or too spread-out for your traditional HVAC system to handle the needs of the entire space.

To combat this, you can install a system that allows for zoning. This way, you can control areas of your home different. For example, since heat rises, you may find that your second story is always hot not matter how high the AC is kicking. With a zoned system, you can set the temperature separately upstairs and downstairs to achieve the right climate control.

An HVAC professional can help you determine of a zoned system is right for you.

Your House is Haunted

If none of these fixes have solved your problem, it may be time to break out the holy water and call in the Mystery Machine to make sure there isn’t anything supernatural afoot.

Or, you can give a call to Rod Johnson Air and we’ll check it out for you, because we’re not afraid of no ghosts.