You have probably walked from one room of your house to another and noticed that there was a significant shift in the temperature — not just a minor change, but one large enough that you needed to put on a sweater. Hot and cold spots in homes are common, especially in the winter, and you should know how to balance the temperature throughout the house.
Two leading causes might create hot or cold spots, the construction of your home, and the ductwork installation. Windows, the amount of sunlight, and the type of insulation can all have an impact on room temperatures. Also, if your home’s ductwork suffers from improper installation or a poor layout, that can cause unbalanced temperatures.
The first step, and maybe the easiest, is to check all of your home’s vents. A room might be colder because furniture could be blocking the vent, restricting the warm airflow. On the other hand, if your living room is too warm, you can close the vent to control the airflow and temperature better.
If you have a two-story home with multiple thermostats, try a 2-degree offset. That means keep the temperature on the first floor 2 degrees higher (or lower) than the second floor. Because hot air rises, the offset will help balance the difference.
One room might feel significantly colder if there is a draft coming from a window or door. Check for any broken seal that might be letting in air. The same goes for poorly insulated areas. If your home has an attic, check that the insulation to see if cold air can infiltrate into your house.
Ultimately, you will need to be sure that your ductwork is in the best possible condition. Damages or defects in the ducts will cause uneven distribution through your home, causing those hot or cold spots. Check for loose joints, and seal the joints and junctions on the ducts.
Make sure that your home’s ductwork and insulation are in proper working order, and you can avoid both hot and cold spots throughout the house. For more information on upgrading or maintaining your HVAC system, call the professionals at Sharon’s Heating and Air Conditioning at (734) 425-1415, or visit us at 31776 Cowan Road in Westland.