Do you find that certain areas of your home feel warm in the summertime, even when the air conditioner is running? Temperature inconsistencies between parts of the home are a common problem for Lexington homeowners, but they can be fixed. Let’s explore some common issues that cause warm spots, as well as how you can fix them.
Your AC is the wrong size for your home
If your air conditioner is undersized for your home, it won’t be able to provide adequate cooling to all your living spaces; the same goes for an oversized unit. While some areas will be comfortable, some areas won’t get enough cooling, making them feel much warmer. With an oversized system, some areas may even get too cold! Warm spots may occur after a home addition has been completed if the original air conditioning system is used to cool this additional space, which may exceed the system’s capacity. This problem can be solved by replacing your existing system with one that is properly sized for your home. An HVAC technician can perform a load calculation to determine what size unit you need, and guide you as you select new equipment for your home.
You have leaky ducts
Leaking ducts can cause certain areas not to receive the intended cooling, causing them to feel warmer. Air escapes the ducts before making it to your living areas, causing you to feel less comfortable while wasting up to 20 percent of your cooling energy. This problem can be easily remedied through professional duct sealing.
You don’t have zoning
Warm spots may be caused by the differing attributes of the living areas throughout your home, such as a first or second story floor, east and west-facing rooms, or areas which have different levels of insulation. Using one thermostat setting to control the differing needs of all these spaces just doesn’t cut it, and will produce warm spots and inconsistencies. By installing a zoning system, each “zone” or area within your home can be controlled independently of one another, allowing for precise control of cooling while also generating great energy savings. Climate Control can help you combat warm spots and stay comfortable — contact us today for service!