A common complaint from homeowners, and it seems mostly from the ladies of the house, that their house always feels cold. They are freezing all the time. Nothing is worse than to be paying for heat in the winter time, to only feel cold and uncomfortable. After all, that’s why we have furnaces in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. There are many reasons why your home may seem cold all the time, even when the thermostat is set at your comfort level. I will endeavor to address some of these reasons, and also provide viable solutions.
- Check your windows and doors: Older homes do not have energy efficient windows and doors. Many have single pane windows that allow heat to escape and cold to penetrate. Replace single pane windows with double or triple pane models. They will pay for themselves in no time at all. Windows need to be caulked inside and outside. Doors need to have good seals. Use weather strip around doors to prevent heat loss. A protective clear film can be installed over windows to prevent heat loss. All of these items can be purchased at your home improvement store.
- Fireplace Damper: All fireplaces have a damper up inside the flue, above the fire box. Make sure it is securely shut to prevent heat loss. If you use your fireplace regularly, then you need to have an airtight glass fireplace doors to keep the air from escaping.
- Ceiling Fans: As we all know, heat rises, so all that good warm air ends up at the ceiling. Having your ceiling fans turn counterclockwise in the winter will push that air from the ceiling down to the floor, and will do it without a draft. You can run your fans 24/7. It will cost very little to do so, and you will be much more comfortable. You can run them at low or medium speed to get the full benefit. You don’t have to run them on high.
- Leaking ductwork can be the culprit. Your ductwork is where all that nice warm air travels to each room of your house. If there is a break in the line, or ductwork has come undone, then you will find you are heating your crawl space in the foundation or attic. Have one of our qualified technicians check your ductwork for heat loss. Make sure none of your vents are closed or covered up with boxes, furniture, etc
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