We know how cold it can get in Springfield, Virginia, and when it’s below freezing, the last thing you want to deal with is an inefficient heating system. If you are experiencing cold spots throughout your house, your HVAC system might be the culprit.
Does Your Ductwork Leak?
One of the possible causes of cold spots in your home is your ductwork. Older homes may develop duct leaks for a number of reasons. If the ducts were incorrectly installed or sized, or if they have deteriorated from lack of maintenance, you could be losing heat as air travels through your ducts. This results in less heat reaching your rooms and a higher probability of cold spots. You can examine your exposed ductwork yourself, but the best way to check is to call a professional.
Is Your Home Insulated?
Your home’s envelope is what keeps hot and cold air from escaping to the outdoors and keeps outdoor particulates from making their way inside. Poor attic insulation is a typical culprit for cold spots in your home. Much-need heat can escape into your attic, and then out through the roof. You may also have threats to your envelope via windows and doors, which steal your hot air and lead to cold spots around those areas. A professional blower door test is the best way to check for envelope leaks.
Is Your Furnace Well Maintained?
An unreliable furnace contributes to uneven heating throughout the house. If it hasn’t had maintenance in a while, dirt and other debris will build up inside the furnace, the air filter will get dirty, and parts may start to wear out. All of this contributes to a furnace that simply doesn’t heat the way you need it to.
Are you frustrated with the cold spots around your house this winter? At Brennan’s Heating and Air Conditioning, we can inspect your ductwork, examine your furnace and help to provide an overall evaluation to help make your home more comfortable. Call us today at 703-783-0145.
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