You maintain your HVAC system and always change your air filter, but one room is constantly freezing! Whether it’s an icy cold bedroom or a frigid bathroom, there are the possible culprits behind those pesky cold pockets.
Blocked Heating Ducts
If you can’t remember the last time you replaced your air filter, this should be your first step. Air filters should be replaced every month. If that doesn’t help, inspect the ductwork to make sure that it hasn’t become disconnected. Look at the vents in the room as well. The dampers should be fully opened to allow for optimum airflow, and vents shouldn’t be covered by furniture.
Rags, animals, and debris can block your ductwork, so if you’ve inspected everything else and you feel weak or low airflow coming from your vent, this could be the culprit. When checking for duct blockages, remove the air filter altogether. (Replace it when you’re done; never run the system without an air filter for an extended period of time.) Remove the vent cover and use a flashlight to see if anything is blocking the duct. Check the seams to ensure that they are sealed and stray bits of tape aren’t in the way. When you replace the vent cover, leave it fully open.
Vaulted ceilings make a room seem larger, airier, and more open, but they can be a drain on your HVAC system. It’s hard to regulate the temperature in these rooms. Heat rises, so the warm air goes to the ceiling, leaving the room chilly. The easiest way to fix this is by installing a ceiling fan. Don’t balk at the cost of electricity. The Department of Energy states that ceiling fans use 81 kilowatt hours of electricity per year. Parts of your HVAC system can use twenty times that amount!
Ceiling fans can help you reduce your bills even in rooms without vaulted ceilings. Make sure that the fan blades are turning clockwise in the winter, which will pull the heat down from the ceiling. In the summer, run your fan counterclockwise to draw the heat up and out.
Poorly Designed Heating Systems
HVAC systems are complicated, and careful thought needs to be put into the design. Air loses heat as it travels through your ducts, so rooms that are far away from the heating source tend to be colder. Dampers and other tools should be used to ensure that the air is distributed evenly and the temperature is maintained.
Your air conditioning unit may not be the proper size for your home. If this is the case, all the ceiling fans and new air filters in the world won’t help you heat up your cold room. Contact [client] if you’re experiencing cold spots in your home. They’ll examine your ductwork, clean and service your system, and help you fix the problem so you can feel toasty warm all winter long!