Heating up your home is one thing, but if you want to be comfortable, you will not only need to heat up your home, but also distribute heat evenly throughout. Otherwise, you may find that you're freezing cold in one room, but in another room you feel the need to bundle up in your coziest sweater.
Identifying An Air Leak
When you find that there is one area of your home that is not as warm as others, do not simply turn the heat up. This will waste money and will not solve the actual root of the problem. There is likely a leak somewhere in the room that is allowing the heat to escape.
One way to find an air leak is with a simple hand test. You may be able to feel cold air wherever the air leak is located. Placing a candle near the location of the presumed air leak may also help. The candle will flicker if an air leak is present. The heat may be escaping because of a leak in your window. In this case, you may need to add caulk to seal any gaps. There might be a crack in a wall that may be large enough to allow heat to escape.
The wall may not have enough insulation. You can never add too much insulation between your walls. If your home is very old, it may lack insulation or may have an older method of insulation that is not considered effective by today's standards. Today, the four types of insulation used are:
- Loose fill
- Rigid boards
- Expanding spray
Loose fill is one of the most common choices because it has the least impact on the already-existing insulation. However, if you are installing insulation for the first time, you may want to choose one of the other options.
When selecting insulation, make sure to know its R-value. The higher the R-value, the better it insulates. Therefore, you will want to select the insulation with the best R-value.
Setting Up Zoned Heating
Zoned heating and cooling involves the use of individual thermostats for each room. When a room becomes too cold, the thermostat in the room can be adjusted to raise the temperature only of that room. Adjusting the thermostat causes the forced air system to direct heated air to the rooms that need it the most and also tells the furnace to burn fuel to generate the appropriate amount of heat.
After you have decided that you would like zoning for your home, the only thing to decide is how much zoning you need. Make sure to discuss the zoning options with an HVAC specialist if you're having trouble with this.
Installing Better Ductwork
Your ductwork also plays a role in how efficiently your heating system delivers heat to the rest of your home. Great ducts are well-insulated. Air ducts are often built into the structure of a home to save money, but the building structure is often uninsulated. The spaces where the ducts pass through either need to be insulated or the ducts need to pass through the building interior, rather than the structure itself. Also, the air duct filters need to be cleaned regularly or the air will not flow efficiently. The filter should be changed once a month throughout the heating season.
If you are still experiencing a discrepancy in the temperature of one room, make sure to contact us at Seliga Heating and Cooling. We will inform you about the options you have and give our recommendations for which options you should take. The last thing you want is to have to constantly adjust your thermostat in order to feel comfortable and to also pay higher heating bills.