One of the most annoying problems a homeowner can face is having a living space that feels much colder than it should, especially when you’re paying excessively high bills because your heating system is running full-time. Fortunately, many home comfort issues can be solved easily.
Check out some of these symptoms and their solutions of a home not feeling as warm as it should, even when your heat is running on full-blast.
Heat from your furnace or boiler isn’t reaching your family
Often, many homeowners will overlook the obvious. Check the vents in each room to be sure they aren’t blocked and preventing warm air into your living space. Another reason for having cold spots in your home may be a little more time-consuming and expensive to solve. If your heating system isn’t properly-sized for your home, it’ll never be able to keep up with the temperature demands set by your thermostat. There may be rooms, or entire levels, of your home that feel colder than they should. Also, in these situations, you’ll have a heater that’s constantly running – and skyrocketing energy bills each month. A heating expert will be able to advise you as to whether you need to replace your furnace or boiler.
Your home is experiencing serious heat loss
You may have areas of air loss around window and door frames. When there are gaps in these spaces, warm air can easily escape before your family ever gets to enjoy it. These openings can also let in cold air from outside and create a drafty, uncomfortable environment. This problem can easily be solved by adding extra caulking around frames.
Also, heat from your furnace or boiler may be escaping through your roof. Warm air always rises, and if you don’t have enough insulation in your attic, this air will simply escape. If you aren’t sure whether you have enough insulation in this space, call an insulation or energy auditing expert to investigate.
Your thermostat isn’t working properly
Sometimes, the reason behind a cold home is a malfunctioning thermostat. If your thermostat is older, or needs its batteries replaced, it may not be providing an accurate reading of the temperature inside your home. Why does this matter? Well, if you have the thermostat set to 75 degrees F, and the temperature dips below that, your heating system is supposed to kick on. But if the thermostat is always saying that the temperature is much warmer than it really is, your heating system will cycle on and off less frequently, leaving you with a cold and uncomfortable home.
Be sure the batteries in your thermostat aren’t old or corroded and replace them if necessary. If this doesn’t seem to take care of the issue, or if you feel it’s time for replacement, contact a heating expert for assistance.
Still feeling cold
Contact a heating professional to determine what exactly is causing your home to not feel as warm and toasty as it should this season! Your family deserves a comfortable home during the dead of winter.