Have you noticed that some areas of your New Jersey or New York Metro home seem to always be warmer than other interior spaces this summer? It could be that your HVAC system is failing, or needs some TLC. You might also be dealing with aging home windows that are ready for retirement. How can you tell the difference?
Here are six problems Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro has seen over the years that caused hot (and cold) spots in local homes.
#1. Air Duct/Vent Problems
Clogged air vents can prevent conditioned air from entering a room and make it difficult to maintain a consistent comfortable temperature. Clean, clog-free air vents ensure adequate air delivery, and may eliminate hot spots immediately.
It is also a good idea to have HVAC duct work cleaned and checked periodically. According to Energy.gov, homeowners lose as much as 3o% of conditioned air to leaks within the duct work system – that is a lot of wasted energy!
#2. Leaking Windows
Aging windows often develop leaks that allow hot outdoor air to flow into a home (and cool, conditioned air to flow out). Air and moisture leaks around or through windows unit make it harder to control indoor air temperatures in those rooms.
Some common sources of window leaks include:
- Cracks in glass
- Damaged, warped or rotted frames
- Failed sealants
- Missing weather stripping
- Improperly installed windows
#3. Thermostat Issues
If the thermostat is improperly positioned, or not working properly, the HVAC system may stop forcing cooled air through the duct work prematurely, leaving some areas warmer than other areas.
#4. Uncontrolled Solar Heat Gain
Rooms with windows that get direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day may be warmer than rooms where the windows are shaded by structures or landscaping. Older homes with single-pane windows built before the introduction of low-E glass tend to have more solar heat gain issues than homes built within the past 10-15 years.
To fix the hot spot problem, homeowners may consider:
- Installing light-blocking, reflective shades
- Planting shrubs, tall plants or trees near windows as a natural sunblock
- Updating aging windows with replacement windows designed to control solar heat gain properly
#5. Dirty HVAC Air Filter
Dirty filters reduce the HVAC system efficiency significantly. Changing the filter is often a simple, low-cost fix, assuming there are not other issues causing the temperature irregularities throughout your home.
#6. Expecting Too Much From Your HVAC System
If consistent temperature control has been an ongoing problem for many years, your air conditioner may be the wrong size or type for your home. The correct size depends on how many people live in your home, the square footage and how many windows and glass doors you have in your home. A professional HVAC system dealer can help you determine if you’re expecting too much from a system that is too small to handle the load.
Learn How To Eliminate Hot Spots with Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro Replacement Windows & Patio Doors
Most of us expect our HVAC systems to manage indoor comfort without much effort on our part. If you think your system has developed problems, contact a professional to complete a thorough inspection and cleaning.
To address leaking windows and uncontrolled solar heat gain, reach out to a Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro replacement window specialist. We will come to your home and perform a complete window and patio door inspection and give you an honest answer about the health and integrity of your existing windows.
Get started by filling in the short form on this page or dial 1-888-826-2451 to schedule a home consultation.
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