If you have cold spots in your home, you might be wondering what causes them and how you can solve them. Let's take a look!
What Causes Cold Spots?
There are a few different things that can lead to cold spots in your home (or warm spots in the summer). The first is whether your ductwork was properly designed and installed. A surprising number of homes have ductwork systems that were installed incorrectly or just plain poorly designed by the builder. Other factors include how much direct sunlight your house gets, how many windows you have, the amount and quality of your insulation, how well air circulates through your home and your floor plan. Any one of these factors can cause cold spots in your home.
How to Eliminate Cold Spots
Here are 8 ways you can help eliminate cold spots in your home.
1. Look for drafts - Drafts can cause cold spots to form anywhere you have a window or door with a broken or cracked seal. Re-seal windows and doors with caulking and make sure weatherstripping is tight and secure to avoid drafts in your home.
2. Check the vents - Make sure no vents are blocked by furniture or other objects. Make sure all vents are open and working properly.
3. Use a multi-zone heating system - A multi-zone heating system uses several thermostats to create zones in your home for which the temperature can be adjusted independently of the other areas of the home.
4. Have your insulation checked - Insulation makes a big difference when it comes to cold spots in your home. If you've never done so, have your insulation inspected for missing or inadequate insulation that could be allowing cold air to collect in an area.
5. Have ducts cleaned - If you have pets, if you've recently renovated or you've just never had it done, it might be a good idea to have your ducts cleaned. Dust and other debris can build up in ducts and obstruct air from flowing properly. This can cause cold spots in your home.
6. Use space heaters - Always follow safety directions when using space heaters. Using a space heater is a simple way to help chase away a persistent cold spot in your home.
7. Consider a ductless system - If you have a whole room that is one giant cold spot, consider whether installing a ductless system to heat and cool that room might be right for your home.
8. Have an HVAC tune-up - Your HVAC system could be in need of a servicing and maintenance appointment. This tune-up appointment cleans the system and checks that everything is in good repair, including your belts, bearings, motors, blowers and more. Making sure your HVAC is working as optimally as possible is key to eliminating cold spots.
Cold spots in the home are frustrating. It can be difficult to pinpoint the cause of the cold spot and a bit of trial and error to figure out how to solve it. We hope our advice on eliminating cold spots helps you find and solve your cold spot problem. If not, Carolina Comfort Systems is just a phone call away. Our technicians can help you solve your cold spot conundrums and get your whole home feeling comfortable again.