If you’re experiencing hot and cold spots in your home, you’re probably pretty annoyed right now. In Central Florida, it seems harder to keep your home comfortable in fall than other times of the year. Once temperatures start to drop, humidity still permeates your home, making hot and cold spots feel clammy.
The key to creating comfortable home temperatures year-round is finding the right air balance.
What is Air Balancing?
Air balancing fine-tunes your HVAC system for equal air distribution throughout your home. It ensures that rooms maintain the right temperature, regardless of their distance from the air handler.
HVAC technicians test and adjust your system using calibrated measuring devices. They can diagnose and adjust any distribution issues to achieve optimal balance in your home.
A technician can also identify any long-standing problems that overwork your system. So, along with improved air flow, you may notice that you’re using less energy and getting better results.
A professional air balance can also help keep track of your HVAC system’s performance so you can ensure it’s cost-effective over its lifespan.
Other Causes of Hot and Cool Spots
Other problems can also cause hot and cool spots, and you can check these yourself to improve the situation.
Dirty air filters cause your air handler to overwork and can even cause the coils to freeze up. Especially in humid climates. Remember to check your filter monthly.
Air vents can become blocked by furnishings in your home, especially intake registers at ground level. You may have even forgotten that you closed a vent at one time.
Inefficient duct installation can result in poor air distribution. If your ductwork has too many bends or its insulation is damaged, you may experience poor air balance throughout your entire house.
Improving the Air Balance in Your Home
While a trained technician can provide precision air balancing for your home, you can do a few things to reduce hot and cool spots.
- Check and replace air filters
- Adjust registers and vents
- Adjust thermostat settings for zoned systems
- Install ceiling fans and ensure they’re running the right direction
- Remove obstructions from intake registers
- Change window treatments
- Address any drafts
While DIY quick fixes may improve your comfort levels a bit, they could end up costing you more money. Especially if you don’t know what you’re doing.