We all want our homes to be warm while the heat is on. But if your house is still cold while your heat is running, it’s more than just an inconvenience. You could also be wasting money by paying to heat your home, only to have your vents, furniture, windows and doors, and ductwork block or leak warm air.
Here are five reasons your house might be cold while the heat is on:
1. Your vents are hindered
One of the first things to check is the vents. Make sure that the vents in your rooms are fully open to allow all the air to flow through. Also, make sure that nothing is blocking the vents. Curtains and furniture can block airflow, and the fabrics can absorb the heat from the vent.
2. Your furnace, boiler, or heat pump is faulty
The second cause could be your heater itself. Replacing air filters and regular maintenance may seem like something you can skip but is critical for maintaining heat in the home. A dirty filter causes your system to work harder to move the air through. When your unit is running inefficiently, it won’t be able to keep up with its demands, and therefore it won’t deliver the heat you are expecting.
3. Your insulation or waterproofing may need an update
If it’s not the vents or the heating unit, the next thing to consider is your home’s insulation and weatherproofing. Heat could be escaping through any gaps in the windows or doors or through the attic. Inspect around these areas and if you can feel the air, then replace the weatherstripping. As for insulation, you don’t necessarily need to redo the insulation; it could just mean you need to add more to your existing insulation.
4. You need to invest in a humidifier
Don’t forget the impact of humidity. The more humid the air is, the warmer it feels. Heating your home all winter can lead to dryer air in the house, and this dry air might make the space feel colder. Adding a humidifier can create more moisture in the air, making a room feel warmer.
5. Your ductwork isn’t configured correctly
If you’ve checked all these things and still feel cold despite the heat running, it could be the ductwork. Ductwork is the mechanism that delivers the heath throughout your home. The size, room layout, and proximity to your heat source are all things that impact the heat in your rooms. A room may be unevenly heated or colder than other rooms if the ductwork is not configured or sized correctly for the room or if the air is escaping the ductwork.
Spencer Home Services Can Keep You Warm
You want your home to feel comfortable and expect it to be warm when running the heater. Your vents, heating unit, insulation, humidity, and ductwork can all be reasons why your house is still cold. Addressing these issues will keep all the rooms in your home heated and warm.
At Spencer Home Services, we offer professional heating services, repairs, installation, and replacement. Schedule a service online or call us at (978) 651-1840, and we will provide you with options.