If you have areas in your home (or even entire rooms) that aren’t the same temperature as the rest of the house, it could be costing you money.
Hot and cold spots can be frustrating and seemingly impossible to overcome. You could be wasting energy and money with some of the solutions you are implementing to resolve them.
Generally, no single area within your home should vary from the average indoor temperature by more than 3 or 4 degrees. If that’s happening at your house, the problem could be your heating and AC system…or it could be something else entirely.
What Causes Some Rooms to Be Hotter or Colder than Others?
Some of the most common causes of temperature fluctuations involve human error. Doors left closed and vents that have been closed prevent new air from circulating through the room. Often, excess heat or cold in new additions, such as above the garage or the new sunroom, is the result of improper insulation.
Air gaps around windows or exterior doors can directly affect the room in which these openings are located. If your windows are older, they might not provide sufficient insulation against the elements.
Sometimes, however, the problem does lie with the home’s heating and air conditioning system. Overtime leaks can develop your ductwork. Older thermostats can lose their efficiency. However, if your system is older or if it hasn’t been maintained properly, the issue could be the equipment itself.
What Does (and Does Not) Work for Addressing Hot or Cold Rooms
Maryland and DC-area homeowners have a variety of methods for trying to deal with troublesome temperature swings. Unfortunately, most of these methods are more costly than they are effective.
The use of fans or space heaters to adjust the temperature of a single area or room creates additional expense in both the purchase of the product(s) as well as the cost to run it/them. And as we pointed out earlier, closing off vents or rooms isn’t the answer either. Closing these off can overtax your furnace or air conditioner and run up your power bills without seeing any results. Fireplaces and wood stoves are not generally efficient for heating a room on a regular basis and can pose a host of their own problems.
To troubleshoot a hot or cold area of the home, start by checking your HVAC filter and replace it if necessary. Check with your HVAC specialists to understand how often you should be replacing your filter.Check for airflow obstructions, such as closed vents and doors. Doors should have at least one inch of clearance at the bottom. If yours don’t then be sure to leave the doors open to allow the air to circulate throughout your home.Check for air gaps around windows or doors. If you feel cold/warm air seal them appropriately with weather stripping.
But before you undertake any significant or costly home improvement projects – such as replacing windows or adding insulation to the walls – have a qualified HVAC contractor take a look at your heating and air conditioning systems.
Consider AC Service, Repair or Replacement
Sometimes older or improperly working HVAC equipment can be to blame for hot rooms and cold areas in the home.
Older equipment lacks the efficiency of newer systems, causing you to use more energy.. Changes to your home overtime, could cause the older system to no longer be adequate. The Comfort Advisors at Presidential Heating and Air Conditioning can perform a load calculation to understand what is affecting the temperatures in your home. If you’re experiencing furnace or AC problems, spending money on HVAC repairs, you should investigate if it’s the right time to replace your central air conditioning and/or heating equipment.
Presidential Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. provides a full range of heating and air conditioning installation, repair and maintenance for customers in Gaithersburg, MD and the surrounding areas. Since 1982, we have helped our customers save money and maximize the comfort of their homes. Contact us today to request a free consultation for heating or central air repair or replacement.