You’ve just returned home after a long day at work. After dinner, you kick back on the couch in your living room to watch some TV. There’s a chill in the air, so you turn on the heat. After a while, it’s time for bed. You settle in for the night—or so you think.
At 2 a.m., you wake up feeling hot. As you come to your senses, you start to shiver when the air makes contact with your perspiration. You bring your blanket and pillow back to the living room couch to fall back asleep.
Why is it frigid where you watch TV, but sweltering where you sleep? Well, it could be that you have a home zoning problem that results in hot and cold spots.
The Cause of Hot & Cold Spots
If you’re feeling dramatic temperature differences from room to room, it’s time to get to the root of the problem. Right away, you can tackle do-it-yourself fixes, such as adjusting the amount of sunlight that’s coming into your home, making sure that windows and doors aren’t drafty, and sealing any cracks or holes on the outside of the home.
If the problem still persists, though, there may be other problems with your HVAC unit and ductwork.
Here are some potential scenarios:
- Leaky air ducts. Heated or cooled air is not making its way through the entire system. These cracks significantly reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system.
- Poorly insulated ductwork. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, uninsulated ducts can lose up to 30% of the energy that’s used to heat and cool homes. Ducts often run in exposed places, like attics, which aggravate the problem.
- Air conditioner or furnace is not the right size. A unit that is too small can be inefficient, while a unit that’s too large can make it challenging and expensive to control the temperature. Plus, when an air conditioning unit is too big, it starts up and shuts down more often because it reaches the thermostat set-point more quickly. This is not good for the equipment in terms of wear and tear, nor is it good for dehumidifying the air in your home.
- Duct systems that are not properly designed or sized. Many older homes were built with duct systems that don’t pair well with today’s newer HVAC units. Regulating the temperature of these homes is particularly difficult because they have inefficiencies with the thermal envelope. A new HVAC unit can only do so much when you have poor duct design and inadequate airflow.
At Tonna, our licensed professionals help to determine the cause of your hot and cold spots by conducting a whole-home evaluation. Starting with the HVAC unit, we examine your ductwork and evaluate the airflow. If your HVAC system is regularly maintained and you still experience hot and cold spots, we may suggest a home zoning solution instead.
How Zoning Solutions Can Help Your Home
A traditional heating system treats your home as if it’s one large living space. A zoning system, however, divides the portions of your home into independent areas. With multiple thermostats, you can control the temperature of each zone, without affecting another zone. For instance, if you want your bedroom to be a bit warmer at night, you can program the thermostat accordingly.
Programmable thermostats allow homeowners to adjust each area individually, eliminating the frustration of unpredictable temperatures. Having this level of control can result in lower energy bills, while prolonging the life of the equipment.
Achieve “Just Right” Comfort with Tonna
Tonna’s complimentary eBook offers more details on how our whole-home evaluations provide the answers that homeowners need. There’s a reason we’re known as the “Just Right” company—we want to help you achieve the ideal temperature for your home.
Call 507-216-4610 to schedule a free no-obligation, in-home estimate, or fill out our online form today. We look forward to creating a comfortable home environment for you and your family.