Whether it’s summer or winter, there are certain areas in your home that never seem to be the right temperature. Rooms that don’t receive sufficient airflow can become unbearably warm or uncomfortably cold. If you’ve been struggling with hot and cold spots, consider reaching out to the pros to explore these possible solutions to your HVAC woes.
Your ducts are responsible for carrying air to the various points in your home. If there’s a problem somewhere in this system, certain rooms may suffer. There are a few issues that can go wrong in your ductwork:
- Disconnected ducts
- Poor insulation
- Leaking or damaged sections
Your duct network may also be improperly configured to suit the layout of your home. This could have been a problem with the initial installation, but it’s also possible that the house underwent structure changes without updating the HVAC to match. Discovering the source of your duct problem can make a huge difference on airflow.
Replace HVAC Unit
There are a couple of reasons that a new unit could impact your hot and cold spots. Once your equipment has reached 10 years of age, it may struggle to continue operating at its peak. An additional upside to replacing your old unit is a possible improvement in energy efficiency. You may not even realize how much less you could be spending on utility bills.
Another reason that your unit may need to be switched out is its size. A system that is too big or too small for the home has trouble regulating temperature the way it should.
Add a Return Vent
Circulation helps your heating and air conditioning do its job. Air must be put out and pulled back in to cycle properly. Return vents send a room’s existing flow back to the unit to be cooled or heated again. Without this crucial step, the temperature can eventually suffer.
You should have return vents in most rooms of your home. If you’ve got one spot that never seems comfortable, make sure the room has both a supply and a return register. If you’re missing one or the other, ask your HVAC professional if installing one is possible.
Install a Zoned System
Zoning allows you to individually adjust temperatures in different areas of the house. You’d be able to increase air flow to those hot areas without making the rest of your home a freezer. These systems can be more efficient if done correctly.
While this is a good idea for natural imbalances, it’s also a nice solution if some members of your family prefer more or less heating and cooling than others. Each area of your home can maintain the optimum temperature for those who reside in it.
Unbalanced air flow can be a complicated problem to diagnose and repair, so it’s best left to your HVAC team. At Rockford Heating & Air Conditioning, our technicians can evaluate your current system to determine the cause of your hot and cold spots. We’ll discuss potential heating and AC services to help you decide on the best one for your home and budget. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.