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10 Simple Ways to Avoid Hot & Cold Spots

Hot and cold spots pop up in rooms throughout your house when your HVAC system is not distributing the right amount of either hot or cold air. Fortunately, our Palm Beach County HVAC experts Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC may be able to help you eliminate hot and cold spots through a technique called “air balancing.” A process that involves making simple changes to your HVAC system and throughout the rest of your home, air balancing can help you achieve the perfect heating and cooling levels in every room. Keep reading for 10 simple ways to avoid hot and cold spots, and remember to contact Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC for a range of HVAC services.

The Best Ways to Avoid Hot & Cold Spots Through Air Balancing Are:

  1. Close/Open Registers: This may sound simple, but by opening the registers on upper floors and partially closing registers on the first floor during warm weather, and doing the opposite during cold weather, you should be able to see where you need more air. Adjust temperature setting and vents to redirect air to rooms that need it after doing this. You may need to try this a few times before you reach the ideal temperature.
  2. Make Sure Registers Are Not Covered: Covering registers with furniture or other large items is another all too common way to restrict air flow. Anytime your vents are blocked, your system has to work harder, and the overall temperature in that room suffers. In fact, it’s said that vents should be given at least 18 inches of space to work properly.
  3. Check Your Air Filters: Besides improving your indoor air quality, clean filters can help make sure air is flowing properly through your HVAC system. Without clean filters, your system may overheat, and shut off too quickly, or overextend itself to cool your whole home—meaning several rooms are unlikely to receive the air they need.
  4. Have Your Duct Work Looked At: Problems with duct work can create an uneven distribution of heat throughout your home. You may want to fix loose duct joints by refitting and sealing the junction, look for ductwork with sharp turns, or insulate/seal ducts in your home to improve temperatures. You may also want to install a second return duct to prevent air from bottlenecking. Of course, this is a lot of work to do on your own, so you may also want to call a qualified professional who has experience in duct installation.
  5. Adjust Blower Fan Speed: You can adjust your system’s blower fan by disconnecting power, finding the blower motor and wiring, locating the speed wires, changing the active speed wire, and testing the system. Again, this process can be fairly technical and complex, so you may want to hire a technician for professional assistance.
  6. Install a Second Air Handler: Most HVAC systems just have one air handler, which pushes warm and cool air through the house. However, If your home has more than one floor, you may want to consider installing a second, as air handlers are usually located on the first floor or the basement, and can struggle to push cool air upwards when the temperature is higher outside.
  7. Put in Window Coverings: Windows can let a significant amount of hot and cool air out in each room. Windows with drapes, blinds, and shades can also seal in heat before your HVAC system has even had time to work. Make sure your window coverings are adjusted correctly for each room, so you’re not letting out air or setting a specific temperature before your system has had a chance to reach that room.
  8. Turn the Thermostat Fan Setting to “On”: Thermostat fans usually have 2 settings, “On” and “Auto. The “On” setting blows continuously, replacing indoor air with fresher, consistent renewed air. In the “Auto” setting, meanwhile, your air can become more stagnant, and you can find yourself stuck in the same uncomfortable temperature. Of course, the “On” setting does require more power, so you may just want to use it temporarily while you look for other fixes to make in your system.
  9. Don’t Put Electronic Equipment Near the Thermostat: Devices such as TVs and computers generate a lot of heat, throwing off the distribution of heat in a given room. Particularly if you have a room air conditioner, such as a window or portable unit, consider adjusting your vents or moving your electronic devices slightly, so they are not taking up most of the air.
  10. Adjust Your Thermostats by Several Degrees: This is a simple technique that works particularly well in large homes with more than one thermostat. Adjusting the temperature on one floor to 72 degrees, and to 74 on another can help you determine which setting is actually right for your system. Otherwise, even in smaller homes, it is beneficial to occasionally adjust the thermostat by several degrees, as this small change have a bigger impact than you realize.

Call Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC to learn more ways to avoid hot and cold spots throughout your home, and for all the heater and AC unit work you need to achieve the perfect temperature. Just dial (561) 270-6181 or contact us online.