With "Jack Frost" nipping at your windowpanes, you're probably enjoying the toasty heat inside your home this winter. However, no matter how much you crank up the thermostat, some areas of the home just seem to stay colder than others do. In many cases, it's easy to eliminate those cold spots with a quick fix or two. Here's a look at some common problems that cause cold spots and some tips you can use to fix the problem.
The Problem: Carpets, Furniture, or Drapes are Blocking Hot Air
The Fix: If you have a cold room in your home, check to see if the carpet, furniture, or drapes are blocking the hot air vents. Move anything that keeps hot air from entering the room.
The Problem: Your Heat Ducts are Extremely Dirty
The Fix: Unfortunately, dirt, dust and debris often build up on heat ducts, and this keeps them from putting out the heat that they should. Check your ducts. If they are visibly dirty, rent a high power shop vacuum and clean the ducts.
The Problem: The Thermostat is in a Warmer Area of the Home
The Fix: If the thermostat in your home is located in an area that gets warm quickly, it can result in colder rooms in other parts of the home. The easy fix is to reduce the opening of the heat register so the area doesn't warm up so fast. You can also move the thermostat to another part of the home to eliminate the problem. You'll also want to make sure that your thermostat is functioning properly.
The Problem: You Have High Ceilings
The Fix: Rooms with high ceilings often feel colder because the hot air stays up near the ceiling. If you have a ceiling fan, run it on reverse to pull the warm air down from the ceiling. If you don't have a ceiling fan, consider installing one. It will improve energy efficiency in rooms with high ceilings during the winter and summer months.
The Problem: You Don't Have Enough Insulation
The Fix: If you don't have enough insulation in your attic, the roof, or in walls, you'll end up with cold spots in your home. Consider having foam added to these areas if some of the easier fixes don't work. If you have an unheated basement or garage beneath your living area, you may need to insulate the floor to prevent the loss of heat.
For more ideas on how to keep your entire home warm, talk to a company like Custom Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.