We get this question a lot and understand your frustration. There are a few reasons why one room in your home feels colder than the rest. Below we will go through the most common reasons:
Often, drafts cause one room or area to feel cooler than the rest of the home. Drafts are creases that allow outside air to come inside. During the summer, this can lead to high humidity in the home. In the winter, it can mean cold dry air is coming in. Regardless of the season, the implications are the same– inconsistent temperatures throughout your home. Most commonly, drafts are caused by weak and old sealants around doors and windows. To find out if your home might have a draft, here are a few things you can check:
- First, make sure all the doors and windows of your home are properly closed and locked.
- Walk past the doors in your home and see if you notice outside air coming through.
- If it’s windy, listen for a meek whistling noise around the edges of your doors and windows.
- Check the flue in your fireplace. When fireplaces are no longer in use and there are no embers, the fireplace flue needs to be shut. When the fireplace is open and not being used, the chimney allows cold air to sneak into the home and possibly leaving your living room colder than the rest of your home.
- If you feel cool air coming through any of these places, you have a draft.
There are multiple ways to solve drafts including DIY sealing kits or calling a handyman to repair these air leaks. The DIY method is least costly and involves purchasing rubber or felt strips to seal the perimeter of your windows and doors. Also, check the door hinges. Loose door hinges create air leaks and might be attributing to the draft in your home.
If you don’t have drafts in your home, your HVAC system may be unbalanced. Scheduling routine maintenance checksis an important step to ensure that homeowners’ HVAC systems are working properly. Furnace or boilers that are not routinely monitored might be distributing heat unevenly throughout the home. During routine checks, our professional technicians will look for cracks in ducts, evaluate if there are a sufficient number of vents throughout the room, and do an overall screening of your HVAC system.
Check All Vents
Sometimes the problem is as simple as opening a closed vent. Check to see that all the vents in your home are open, especially in the room that feels cold. When individuals in a home prefer different temperatures, a vent might get closed and forgotten. Come winter, the vent is still closed limiting the flow of heat.
It is important to keep vents open at all times, especially to maximize your home’s energy efficiency. Closed air vents can lead to an overworking HVAC and a reduced lifetime. When HVACs are installed, their size and placement is designed to specifically serve the home where installed. When air vents are closed, the HVAC becomes oversized for the areas being served.
Some rooms throughout your home may have poor insulation. Typically, rooms above garages run cold because of minimal insulation between the ceiling of the garage and the floor of the room above. Poor insulation can occur in other places of your home, too. Energy.gov shares tips for checking insulation and provides a list of recommendations to create more insulation in the home.
To learn more about how to save money on your energy bills read our blog, “How to lower my energy bills”.
There can be a variety of reasons one room is colder than the rest of your house. We are always happy to find solutions that work for your home or space to ensure you have consistent comfort throughout!
You can always call on your extended family of dependable heating, cooling, and air quality experts at CPS Heating & Cooling.
Contact us anytime to set up a consultation or call us at 508-460-6691.