The only thing worse than being in a freezing cold house is being in a freezing cold house while your heater is cranked up. Wasting money and shivering away is a bad combination. So, if your house is cold but your heat is up, here are 5 reasons why.
- Air is leaking in
If you feel any type of air draft, it’s because cold air is leaking into your house from outside. But don’t worry, all it usually takes to fix a draft is to find the leak and seal it on up.
To find the source of the draft, just go around your house and feel around any cracks, gaps, window seals, and door seals until you feel a rush of cold air. If you’ve found the leak in a wall or ceiling, cover it using either bead of acrylic or polyurethane caulk. If the draft is coming from a door or window, you can simply install weatherstripping.
- Poor insulation
Another reason for your cold house may be that your walls are simply not insulated. Insulation is the single most important factor to your home’s energy efficiency, so it’s crucial to keep your walls and attic properly insulated.
Insulation strength is measured in R-value. Ranging from 2 to 8, the higher the R-value, the better the insulation. If you feel your home may be poorly insulated, it’s best to contact a professional for a second opinion and installation.
- Gaps in your heating system
Unfortunately, sometimes heating systems are not designed to cover every room in a house. This can be true if you live in a multi-story house that has only one heating unit.
Buying an entirely new heating system for your house may not be realistic for your budget. If that’s the case, then another option would be to install a zoned ducted system. Zone ducted systems control the airflow to various zones of your house based on your preferences.
- An old air filter
It doesn’t matter how new and high-tech your heating system is, if you don’t replace the air filter, then the system just will not work well. For ideal efficiency, replace the filter about every 90 days.
If your filter is clogged, it can’t trap dust, dirt, and other debris floating around in the air. And if the filter can’t filtrate, the heating and cooling systems will not push air through the ventilation.
- Your heater is broken
Lastly and most straightforward, your heater may need maintenance, repair, or possibly replacement. If you’ve gone through the other four options on our list but you’re still feeling cold air, it may be time to call a professional.
It’s better not to wait until your heating system fails to get things looked at. Call Sharon’s Heating and Air Conditioning today at (734) 425-1415 with questions. Our staff can help you figure out what’s going on or schedule a service call.