It can cause an utter distress to have hot and cold spots in your home when you are looking for absolute comfort. And guess what, this happens in the most severe temperatures. Fortunately, there are simple ways that can help resolve this air distribution problem and increase the HVAC system's efficiency. But before you get to know of resolving techniques, it is important to learn about why this temperature difference occurs.
The problem of hot and cold spots could take place because of;
- Improper zoning
- Improperly sized/designed/installed ductwork
- Duct leaks or failing insulation
- Wrong size of heating/cooling appliances

Any of the above-mentioned reasons can become the core factor in causing hot and cold spots in the indoors making summers and winters uncomfortable. Now let's discuss these causes in details and what you, as a common homeowner can do about fixing the hot/cold spots.

Improper zoning 

A zoning system allows heating/cooling of several zones/areas at different temperatures. This happens by changing damper settings of different zones in order to allow a certain airflow to a certain area and a different one to another. But since, zoning requires proper setting in the ductwork and the zones are controlled via thermostats so the thermostat settings matter as well. As mentioned, zoning is for multiple temperatures within the home, it is clear that you'll have different temperatures in different rooms but having a weird temperature that irritates is a different thing. And that is what we usually call hot and cold spots. There are two possibilities;
- A problem with the dampers
- Thermostat settings that might have gone wrong
Check the Thermostat settings of each zone. If the problem persists, call a pro to check the ductwork and dampers.

Improperly sized/designed/installed ductwork 

Some people think ductwork is just a ductwork. You can have a piece of foil and can just allow the airflow towards the indoor. It is not as simple as that. The size of the ductwork matters a lot. And not only the size, the design and the way it is installed also affects the airflow. So if you just had your ductwork installed and are now facing hot/cold spots problem, it could be a problematic ductwork. You can quickly make a google search to learn some basics of ductwork and then call a professional HVAC technician to discuss the problem.

Duct leaks or failing insulation 

The duct that comes to your room has insulation failure or some major leaks while the ductwork that extends to your daughter's room is all set, what do you think will be the outcome? Similar cooling/heating? Of course not. A major part of the cool/warm air reaching your room gets lost via the leaks and the uninsulated areas. What you receive is the residue. As a result, despite having one temperature for the entire home, a massive difference in the temperatures of yours and your daughter's rooms can easily be felt. Fix it!

Wrong size of heating and cooling appliances 

Did you know that many homeowners never think seriously about the size of the appliance they purchase? It is not only accommodation problem that matters so don't assume that having a large backyard, you can have a giant AC unit while your indoor is not a very large area. Size matters and it not only affects your energy bills, it affects the comfort as well. A very small size has a problem covering your indoor. So before your entire area cools, the system gets tired and leaves you with hot and cold spots. Similarly, an overly large unit trips too often creating a discomforting indoor.
If you are already done checking for all the other reasons, check if you are using the right appliance size.    

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