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Why Do Some Rooms in My Home Feel Warmer than Others?

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If your hot spot problem is a new one, it’s probably a simple fix, especially if nothing in your heating and air conditioning system has changed. Start by checking anything that might block airflow on either side of the system, including the filter return air vent, and registers. When the return air is blocked, the system can’t pull enough air in to properly pressurize the system, making it difficult to evenly distribute air. Registers covered by furniture, rugs or other items stop the flow of air in that particular room, resulting in uneven heating.

When Your Home Is Always Spotty

Continual problems with hot spots can be the result of bigger problems in the system, such as an insufficient number of return air vents, poor duct design, or issues with attic insulation. These problems aren’t as simple as moving furniture, but with the right professional help, you can eliminate hot spots.

Often, the ductwork is to blame for the irregular heating. Poorly designed ducts are a common cause of hot spots, especially when duct runs have to extend from the air handler to the rooms at the furthest ends of your home. Other times, a lack of adequate return vents keeps rooms too warm.

Your heating professional can redesign your ducts to function better. Return air vents can be added to each room, or your whole duct system can be updated, depending on the extent of your hot spot problem.

Other problems, like settling insulation, poor attic ventilation and attic air infiltrating your warm rooms can be cured with a little attention to the space above your head. Sealing cracks, replacing old or worn insulation and adding more cents will help keep attic air out of your home.

The cold months don’t have to be full of hot spots and stuffy rooms; a properly functioning duct system would never put you through that kind of misery. By checking the easy stuff yourself and calling in a professional for the bigger jobs, you will create a home than is consistently warm and cozy.

If you need help diagnosing your heating and air conditioning hot spot problems, click this link or call Haskins Heating and Cooling at 615.746.6390 to discuss your options.

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If your hot spot problem is a new one, it’s probably a simple fix, especially if nothing in your heating and air conditioning system has changed. Start by checking anything that might block airflow on either side of the system, including the filter return air vent, and registers. When the return air is blocked, the system can’t pull enough air in to properly pressurize the system, making it difficult to evenly distribute air. Registers covered by furniture, rugs or other items stop the flow of air in that particular room, resulting in uneven heating.

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When Your Home Is Always Spotty

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Continual problems with hot spots can be the result of bigger problems in the system, such as an insufficient number of return air vents, poor duct design, or issues with attic insulation. These problems aren’t as simple as moving furniture, but with the right professional help, you can eliminate hot spots.

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Often, the ductwork is to blame for the irregular heating. Poorly designed ducts are a common cause of hot spots, especially when duct runs have to extend from the air handler to the rooms at the furthest ends of your home. Other times, a lack of adequate return vents keeps rooms too warm.

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Your heating professional can redesign your ducts to function better. Return air vents can be added to each room, or your whole duct system can be updated, depending on the extent of your hot spot problem.

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Other problems, like settling insulation, poor attic ventilation and attic air infiltrating your warm rooms can be cured with a little attention to the space above your head. Sealing cracks, replacing old or worn insulation and adding more cents will help keep attic air out of your home.

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The cold months don’t have to be full of hot spots and stuffy rooms; a properly functioning duct system would never put you through that kind of misery. By checking the easy stuff yourself and calling in a professional for the bigger jobs, you will create a home than is consistently warm and cozy.

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If you need help diagnosing your heating and air conditioning hot spot problems, click this link or call Haskins Heating and Cooling at 615.746.6390 to discuss your options.

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