What to Do About Hot and Cold Spots in Your Home
Do you notice a rise or drop in temperature when entering certain areas in your home? Hot and cold spots can be caused by a variety of factors, from the setup of your home, to how the duct system was installed, to where your thermostat is located. While these temperature pockets are not entirely uncommon, it doesn’t mean you have to tolerate them.
So what can you do?
Unblock vents: The temperature change could be caused by something as simple as an object blocking the vents that allow cool and hot air to flow through the room. Check that a piece of furniture or other object isn’t in the way of the vent letting air in.
Get new curtains: Believe it or not, your curtains may not be doing their job in keeping the sun’s rays from entering your home. The hot Savannah sun can play a role in overheating a room, especially one with multiple or large windows. If you notice increased temperatures in a room that fits this description, it may be time to get new curtains that will serve as a stronger barrier against the sun.
Check your ducts: Your ductwork can have a severe impact on the heating and cooling efficiency in your home. If there are bends in your ducts or they are improperly sized, are poorly insulated, or have a leak, they will insufficiently balance the temperature within your home. Inspect the ducts and clean them frequently; if you don’t know what to look for, consult with a professional HVAC specialist like Canady’s to do the inspection for you.
Get a zoning system: A zoning system consists of multiple thermostats throughout the home that control different rooms or areas. For instance, if one area gets significantly more sun than others, you can set the thermostat for that particular zone to a lower temperature to keep it cool. You can also “zone” your home by regulating the temperature with automated vents. This technology closes and opens vents via a mobile app, so you can close off airflow to rooms that don’t need it. While this option is a larger investment up front, it will save you on energy bills moving forward, not to mention increasing comfort in every room!
Regular equipment maintenance: The most effective way to be certain your heating and cooling system is running properly is with routine HVAC maintenance. Annual check-ups reduce the likelihood of expensive and extensive repairs, ensure everything is operating smoothly, and ultimately reduce energy costs. A technician can spot the source of your hot and cold spots and resolve it before it becomes a more serious issue.
Canady’s team wants you to feel comfortable at home all year long. Contact us today to schedule a maintenance appointment.