Have you ever been freezing downstairs in your living room, only to be sweating after five minutes in your bedroom? Hot and cold spots affect almost every Murietta home, some more drastically than others. These fluctuations between rooms not only cause annoyance and discomfort, but they also decrease your home’s energy efficiency. If you want to achieve a consistent air temperature throughout every part of your home, follow these tips to avoid hot and cold spots.
#1. Check Your Vents & Air Filters
Sometimes your cold spots can be caused by basic problems that are easy to overlook, but also easy to solve! Check all of your vents to make sure that they aren’t blocked by furniture or any other item in your home. If a couch or table is blocking all the heat coming from your vent, it will cause the room to be much colder than the rest of the house. Conversely, it will remain much warmer in the summer if heat penetrates the windows but air conditioning can’t escape the vents. You should also be sure to check your air filters and clean them routinely. Dirty, clogged air filters force your HVAC system to work harder in order to force the air to pass through it. This not only puts unnecessary strain on your air conditioning system, but it also results in reduced airflow that will make the temperature of your home uneven across rooms.
#2. Look for Drafts
Sometimes cold spots in your home can be caused by drafts from windows or doors. Check all of your windows and doors for broken seals or other causes that could be allowing cold air in and working against your furnace. During the summer, these causes will also allow hot air in while cool, air-conditioned air escapes, making it virtually impossible to regulate your home’s temperature.
#3. Check Your Insulation
According to the US Department of Energy, ducts can lose 10 to 30 percent of the energy used to heat and cool your home if they’re left uninsulated. Properly insulated ducts are essential for minimizing heat loss and condensation, which will make it much easier to evenly heat or cool your home. If you live in an older home, you may not even have insulation, or it may be inadequate for modern HVAC systems’ needs. If you suspect that your home’s insulation may be causing your HVAC problems, hire a professional to come inspect your ductwork and assess your home’s temperature-control requirements.
#4. Make Sure Your HVAC is Right for Your Home
Not all HVAC systems are created equal. Your air conditioning and heating system need to be sized properly in accordance with your home’s size in order to adequately heat and cool it. If your conditioner, furnace, or heat pump are undersized, it was struggle to meet your home’s demands. This will result in areas of your home that are not cooled and heated to the same level as other areas of your home, causing you to feel hot and cold spots throughout. This is also likely to happen if your home has oversized equipment. If it heats or cools your home too quickly, uneven temperatures are also likely to result. Allow an HVAC professional such as ProFlo to assess your air conditioning system and determine whether it’s a proper size for your home and temperature control needs. Once you have a properly sized system, your home’s temperature will be much easier to regulate.
If you often experience hot or cold spots in your Murietta home, there are several issues that could be the cause. While some of them are simple, at-home fixes, others require professional assistance. If you need help determining the cause of your air balancing troubles or if you require air conditioner repair or maintenance, call the experts at ProFlo. Our 24/7 emergency service guarantees that we’ll be there for you whenever you need us. Give us a call at (951) 694-1300 or fill out our online form for more information or to schedule an appointment today.