Everyone deserves to be comfortable in their own home. There’s nothing more frustrating for homeowners when basic systems run inefficiently. One of the most common complaints is hot or cold spots, depending on the season and systems in use.
Here are some practical tips for preventing hot and cold spots in your home, so you can rest and relax in comfort.
Choose the Right AC Unit
One of the most common causes of hot or cold spots in the home is an improperly sized HVAC system. Air conditioners, in particular, can be a source of trouble. Preventing temperature inconsistencies starts with ensuring you invest in professional AC installation with an HVAC expert who knows how to choose the right sized unit for your dwelling. There’s a common misconception that having an undersized unit is worse than having an oversized system. However, it tends to be oversized systems that lead to the most inconsistency in temperature control. If you live in a humid area, it’s also important to ensure your HVAC system, including the air conditioner, is optimized for humidity control. High humidity levels alter our perception of the temperature, which can make things feel inconsistent.
Invest in HVAC Maintenance
In addition to installing the right systems, it’s also crucial to invest in HVAC maintenance. Like any appliance or machine, the HVAC system experiences wear and tear over the years. Furthermore, the air flowing through this system will introduce dirt and debris. If left uncleaned or maintained, it will impact the overall functionality of your home’s HVAC system. Schedule an annual or semi-annual tune-up appointment for your air conditioner and furnace. Most homeowners typically schedule a spring appointment for air conditioning and a fall appointment for the furnace. Depending on your HVAC professional’s service offering, they may offer a single visit to do the entire system.
Clean Your Filters and Ducts
While cleaning filters is a part of HVAC maintenance, it deserves a separate mention. If you do nothing else, take the time to clean your filters. Additionally, you can use a vacuum to clean out vents and ducts to remove debris that impacts the airflow in your home. Depending on your home’s layout and age, it could be worthwhile to invest in professional duct cleaning services. This service will extend beyond what you can reach with a vacuum and clean out years of build-up.
Rethink Your Furniture Layout
Did you know that your furniture layout could be impacting the airflow in your home? Talk about bad feng shui. Take a look at how your furniture is organized to determine if it’s impeding any vents or ducts. Don’t just consider the output vents; look at the intake vents as well. If possible, rearrange your furniture to allow for better airflow. Unfortunately, it’s not always an option if the house was built without considering this issue. If that’s the case, minimalism might be your only hope.
Consider a Supplemental System
There’s a significant flaw with whole-house heating and cooling systems: they control the entire house. The issue with this functionality is that we rarely need the same temperature in every room. If your family spends a lot of time in the living room and rarely ventures into the office or dining room, why pay to heat and cool those rooms to the same level? Installing a supplementary system, like a mini-split, allows for localized climate control. It also makes up for poor ductwork in your home that could create hot and cold spots.
Use Fans Properly
Finally, ensure that you’re using your fans properly. If you don’t have ceiling fans, consider installing some in key areas to improve the airflow. For example, having a ceiling fan at the top of the stairs in a multi-story home is a must. During the summer, turn your fans clockwise to push hot air down while forcing cold air upward. In the winter, turn your fans on the counterclockwise setting to create an updraft. With these adjustments, upgrades, and maintenance tips, you can prevent hot and cold spots in your home.