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Tips to Avoid Cold Spots In Your Home

Cold spots in your home are a telltale sign that something is amiss with your heating system. Living with inconsistent temperatures is inconvenient and can also lead to higher energy bills and even damage to your heating equipment. At Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air, we offer a variety of professional services including heating and air conditioning repair. If you’re tired of wrapping yourself in blankets just to move from one room to another, then read on. This guide will explain some of the most common reasons for uneven heating in your home and provide solutions to fix it.

Your Heating Unit Is Too Small

An undersized unit will struggle to heat your entire house, causing cold spots in some areas. A straightforward way to determine if your heating unit is too small is to have an HVAC specialist conduct a Manual J load calculation. This assesses the heating needs of your home based on several factors like square footage, insulation, and window type. If your heating unit is found to be undersized, consider upgrading to a larger model that can adequately meet the heating requirements of your home.

System Balancing is Key

Your heating system consists of multiple components working in unison. However, if these components are not balanced properly, you'll experience cold spots. For example, your ductwork may be improperly sealed or your vents may be misaligned, causing uneven distribution of heat. An HVAC company can perform a system balancing to ensure that all the parts of your heating system are in harmony. This process typically involves adjusting duct dampers, recalibrating thermostats, and possibly adding booster fans to consistently colder areas.

Fix Those Drafty Windows

Drafty windows are notorious for allowing heat to escape. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heat loss through windows accounts for up to 30% of residential heating costs. Invest in energy-efficient, double-pane windows, or consider adding window film to your existing windows as a cost-effective alternative. Caulking and weather-stripping are also great ways to seal gaps and cracks that let warm air out and cold air in.

Heating Unit Maintenance and Upgrades

Worn-out or defective heating equipment will not only create cold spots but can also lead to other problems such as higher energy bills and even potential fire hazards. Filters, burners, and fans are among the elements that can wear out and decrease the efficiency of your system. Regular maintenance by a qualified HVAC company can extend the lifespan of your heating equipment and improve its efficiency. If your system is aged and constantly breaking down, however, it might be time for a replacement. Don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with an HVAC professional to assess the state of your heating equipment and provide suitable options for repair or replacement.

Don't Let Your Decor Obstruct Airflow

Placing furniture too close to vents, radiators, or heat registers can obstruct the flow of warm air. Even heavy curtains or drapes can interfere with your heating system's effectiveness. Rearrange your furniture to allow for better airflow and consider replacing heavy window treatments with lighter materials.

Do You Need a Heating or AC Repair Service?

Don't let cold spots make your home less inviting. If you need a heating or air conditioning repair, then it’s important to take action to avoid further problems down the road. Let the team at Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air help you get comfortable fast. Contact our office to schedule your next AC repair, heater maintenance service, or HVAC installation.

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