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Why Are There Hot and Cold Spots in My House?

Posted On: October 27, 2017

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 all too common and leave us all too uncomfortable in our own homes. Why does your upstairs feel like a sauna while your downstairs feels like an igloo?

If you feel like you’re weathering the change in seasons when you’re simply switching rooms, there are a few explanations to the varying temperatures throughout 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. Conversely, a unit that is too large could cause hot or cold spots, as well, because one area of the home is being 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 hot and cold spots throughout your home.

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 and poor insulation are the perfect combination 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. With a zoning system, you can individually control the temperatures of “zones” in your home rather than setting the temperature for your whole house. This increases the comfort of your home while also saving money on your heating and cooling bills. Contact us for more information on zoning and to learn how to get your very own customized zoning system.

Inconsistent temperatures in your home are annoying, but you don’t have to live with them. If you’re tired of peeling off those layers, it might be time to consider taking back your comfort by fixing those fluctuating temperatures once and for all. For more information on how to stabilize the temperatures throughout your home, contact us or schedule a consultation online.

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