Is there one room in your home that always seems hotter than the rest of the house? It’s a common issue in Florida and one that can cause you uncomfortable days and nights.
It can be frustrating to have to avoid a particular area of your home because of temperature issues, and beyond just the inconvenience there’s the additional energy costs. You try turning the thermostat down, and you not only freeze out the rest of your home, your energy bill goes up.
When searching out the causes for a room that won’t cool, our Air Tech of Central Florida team knows all the usual suspects. Often we’re at a home for a scheduled HVAC Maintenance visit and find that airflow is somehow restricted to a particular room and solve the issue for the thankful homeowner.
Regular HVAC maintenance not only keeps your system running in peak condition, it can also help identify and solve problems that you may have been living with for a while. Some of the advantages of an HVAC maintenance plan include:
- Solve small issues before they become larger, more expensive ones
- Keep your HVAC system working efficiently
- Lower your monthly energy bills
- Improve your home’s indoor air quality
- Address problems with temperature imbalance
So, what causes one room in your house to be hotter than the others and how can you fix it? Read on to learn ways to get that too-hot room cool and comfortable again!
Why is One Room Always Too Hot? (and How to Fix It)
There are several possible reasons you have a room that just won’t get as cool as the rest of your house. And not only is this annoying, but it could also be a health issue for certain family members such as pets or small children if they spend time in a room that’s too warm.
Being in hot conditions can adversely affect pets and cause potential health problems. (Thermostat Guide)
Here are some of the common reasons for that room that never seems to get cool and ways to address the problem both for your comfort and your energy efficiency.
Open or Leaky Windows
If you have a window that’s unknowingly open, for instance, if it’s obscured by furniture, that could be the source of the excess heat in a room. Windows can also get air leaks if they’re not sealed properly.
Checking for any potential ways that hot air can be coming in through your window and sealing up any leaks will help stop the hot air from getting in.
Over Exposure to Sunlight
There are certain rooms that get more sun than the rest. They may be in a southern exposure area or a room that has more windows than the rest of the home (Florida rooms, for example).
You can address this issue by using heavy, insulated blinds during the hottest time of the day or increasing that room’s insulation, if possible, to reduce the heat transfer.
A/C Unit is Too Small
Perhaps you’ve added on a bonus room that your HVAC unit wasn’t designed for, or your unit was originally sized too small for your home. This can also cause problems with inconsistent home temperatures.
A reliable cost-effective fix is installing a ductless mini-split, which is a unit designed to cool areas of a home that the main unit isn’t reaching properly.
Duct Airflow Problems
One culprit of a room never getting cool enough, no matter how low you put the thermostat is ductwork that’s not properly delivering the cool air to that particular room.
Five key reasons for duct airflow issues are:
- Disconnected duct
- Crushed or damaged duct
- Holes or leaks in the duct
- Closed internal damper
- Blockage (like a stuffed toy or rodent nest)
For potential air duct issues, the best fix is to have a professional, like Air Tech of Central Florida, come out and check the duct system and repair any airflow problems.
Computers or Other Heat Producing Technology
Is the room that’s getting too hot used as a home office or otherwise have more technology in it like a server or electronics? This type of equipment could be throwing off more heat and making the room harder to cool.
A solution, besides having to move everything, is to use dampers in the air ducts to adjust the airflow to get more cool air into that particular room.
Inadequate Return Vents
Return vents are designed to suck the warm air out of a room and filter it back through the A/C system. If your home doesn’t have the proper amount of return vents, this can cause issues with too much warm air in a room.
One short-term fix is leaving the door to the room open, which may seem counterintuitive if it’s hotter than the rest of the home. But the best fix would be to have an HVAC technician check to see if more return vents are needed in your house.
Air Tech of Central Florida Can Fix Your ‘Too Hot’ Room Issues
Don’t suffer from an uncomfortably hot room or higher energy costs than you should be paying. Air Tech of Central Florida can easily diagnose and suggest fixes for a room that’s not getting cool.
Contact us today for a free consultation! Call anytime at (407) 545-3377 or connect with us online.