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Warm Up That Chilly Room

Bothered by a room that gets really chilly in cold weather? If you're sporting that extra pair of socks in the TV room or are huddled under an extra layer of blankets and covers at night, you are not alone! As common as, well, the common cold, a chilly room has made plenty of acquaintances over the centuries. Here are 10 Simple Fixes for Warming up a Cold Room. Some of these are as easy as flipping a switch, others may need to be treated as home improvement projects. In either case, the results will be a cozy warm room!

10 Problems That Make a Room Cold

Let's Start With a Check List to Consider

Warm up A Room Quick

  1. Closed register
  2. Furnace (HVAC) coil is dirty and clogged
  3. Drapes and furniture block heat flow
  4. Clogged ducts (not the kind with webbed feet)
  5. Dampers are closed
  6. Thermostat located in a warm location
  7. Drafty windows
  8. Poor attic or wall insulation
  9. Cold basement
  10. Heat loss due to leaks

"What's a HVAC register?"

Answer:

Heating, venting and air conditioning units use heat registers as the inflow and outflow for moving air through the system. These are the vents seen throughout a home, within the ceiling, floor or walls. The inflows are usually bigger than the outflow vents. Usually the outflow vents have a damper, allowing you to control the outflow in any given room; whereas inflow vents don't have dampers because this would restrict the air from heating properly in any given room. Basically, they control the movement of air throughout a home using dampers so to heat individual rooms evenly. Thus, preventing any room from being too cold or too hot.

Thank You Simone Smith for providing the question for this missing information!

10 Solutions to the Problems That Make a Room Cold

Helpful Repairs for Warming up a Cold Room

  1. Open the register (sorry, but it's just that simple)
  2. Clean the filter and check for dirty AC coil using a flashlight; call a pro to clean coil if needed.
  3. Add a $6 plastic deflector (find them at Home-supply stores) and rearrange furniture.
  4. Clean out debris as far as you can reach.
  5. Adjust dampers for better (higher) airflow.
  6. Close the registers around the thermostat; utilize a thermometer to compare room temperatures.
  7. Caulk and weatherstrip windows, or when the budget permits, replace windows with tighter, higher efficiency units.
  8. Increase attic or wall insulation when and if possible.
  9. Insulate rim joists and basement; add more registers in basement.
  10. Seal leaks around plumbing stacks, and around lights and chimneys.

Warm Up A Cold Rooom

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PROBLEM  
SOLUTION  
Closed register
Open the register
Furnace (HVAC) coil is dirty and clogged
Clean the filter and check for dirty AC coil using a flashlight; call a pro to clean coil if needed.
Drapes and furniture block heat flow
Add a $6 plastic deflector (find them at Home-supply stores) and rearrange furniture.
Clogged ducts
Clean out debris as far as you can reach.
Dampers are closed
Adjust dampers for better (higher) airflow
Thermostat located in a warm location
Close the registers around the thermostat; utilize a thermometer to compare room temperatures.
Drafty windows
Caulk and weatherstrip windows, or when the budget permits, replace windows with tighter, higher0efficiency units.
Poor attic or wall insulation
Increase attic or wall insulation when and if possible.
Cold basement
Insulate rim joists and basement; add more registers in basement.
Heat loss due to leaks
Seal leaks around plumbing stacks, and around lights and chimneys.

About Insulation Home Repairs

Bad Insulation is No Good!

Realizing that your insulation is bad or insufficient is a really frustrating moment. When a home is being built, (still under construction) it was a pretty simple home improvement to put in place. However the opposite holds true for a home that is already built and suffering from cold spots in a room. It is difficult and expensive to add insulation at a later time. Fortunately, a couple of exceptions apply;

  • Attic - If you find your attic has 6-inches of insulation or less, add another 6-inches of fiberglass or cellulose to warm up those cold rooms right below.
  • Crawlspace or floors- Add 6-inch insulation above crawlspace to keep floors above warm
  • Rim Joist - Insulate rim joist for basements

While you are in your attic:

Make sure you have vent chutes and that they are positioned efficiently. Cold air blowing through the insulation can cause the ceiling of the room below to become chilly. Insulation installers often forget to close up ceiling gaps, so warm air leaks out when you need it most. Be sure to seal areas around plumbing pipes, heating ducts, and any other gaps using caulking or a modern expanding insulation foam. For the most part, these places are easy to reach from the attic.

3 Simple Fixes for Problems in the Heating Duct System

  • Dampers - When your heaters warm air isn't flowing as it should, take a look at the dampers. Sometimes we forget that we closed them down for the cooler season.
  • Filters and Coils - Hard to admit, but the majority of the time the problem is at the furnace. It's just so easy to forget to clean or change those darn filters! Sometimes, the AC coil is too dirty and requires a good cleaning. Changing the filter is a piece of cake, but that coil cleaning needs a real pro.
  • Furniture - Feng-Sway may be the decorating method that opens-up our personal energy flow, just make sure your not blocking your homes heating energy flow! Drapes, entertainment stands, chairs and even a table can block the flow of heat. Use plastic deflectors to help aim the warm air efficiently.

Don't Trust Those Bad Windows

Breezy, leaky, insufficient windows are notorious thieves when it comes to heating your home, especially an older home! Add heavy drapes, or fill the gaps with caulking and add weather-stripping to prevent the transparent thief from stealing all of your expensive heat.

Is Your Thermostat Getting Too HOT to Do its Job?

If your thermostat is located in a place where it warms up more quickly because of direct blast of heat from a vent, sunlight, or the area simply warms up quickly, then it will shut itself off thinking the rest of the house is warm as well. Redirect or close the vents nearest the thermostat to reduce the flow of hot air pointed at it, and adjust the vent louvers in the other rooms for the best flow of air as well. An inexpensive room thermometer is an economically SMART way to compare the temperature from room to room.

Insulation Tip!

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Comments for "10 Simple Fixes for Warming Up a Cold Room" 26 comments

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azrestoexp 4 years ago

Informative information. Believe it or not, we even need heat in Arizona. We're new on hubpages, and looking for some good hubbers to follow. Check us out and let us know if we're on the right path.


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Pavlo Badovskyy 4 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

I believe in a wintertime all advices are good. I would say that proper insulation is the most important factor to influence the results. Good advices! Shared!


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

tswilson~ I am glad you find the hub practical. With the cold weather sticking around, it would seem the right time to take advantage of few warming-up tips! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts.

Cheers~

K9


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tswilson 4 years ago from United States

Great tips. Very practical and effective. Voting up.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

itsmonkeyboy~ Thank you for sharing your comments. The plastic film you speak of sounds like a really good fix for those drafty windows. It is always wonderful to hear back from readers that the hub has the stuff they are needing within the topics! Appreciate that you put down your response to these "keeping warm" household tips!

Cheers~

K9


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itsmonkeyboy 5 years ago from London, UK

Hi K9, great hub, really covers all the bases for keeping rooms warm. We suffer with draughty windows so have added seasonal plastic films to cover them and it has made such a difference. You've shared some great other points as well, including your explanation for a register as I didn't know what one was either! Thanks for the help, here's to keeping warm this winter!


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

PegCole17 ~ Thanks a million Peg! Getting a cold room to become a warm room can be a pretty simple task, if we just follow a few easy tips. I am so glad you made it by today!

HubHugs~

K9


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

princesswithapen~ You are so right! Is really easy to blame the heating system when it may well be a drafty room because of incorrectly sealed windows and doors! Thanks for stopping by for a read, I hope you and your family stay warm in any room of the house this cold winter season.

Cheers~

K9


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princesswithapen 5 years ago

K9

We often ignore some of the most basic fixes like insulating and sealing windows, doors and other openings like you've mentioned. Rather than looking at the obvious, there is a tendency to blame the heating system. I'm bookmarking this hub and passing it around to friends who may want to stay warm this winter.

Princesswithapen


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Looks like you've covered all the spots where we lose either heat or cold energy and pointed out the main things to check before cranking up that thermostat. Taking care of those first will save a bunch on the electric bill. Good topic and well written. I loved the illustrations, especially the chart for quick reference to problem solving. I pushed all the buttons way up.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Thanks Carol, I am glad you found the heating tips helpful!

Cheers~

K9


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carol3san 5 years ago from Hollywood Florida

Thanks K9. Your hub was really great. The tips were all good and they all make great sense. You got a vote up and useful.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

stephhicks68~ Thank you so much for making it by today for a little warming up advice. I just can't stand being cold and the older I get, the more I hate the cold! I am so glad you found a few of the tips helpful. I appreciate the support!

HubHugs~

K9


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Really awesome hub! Seems that I'm always a bit chilly during winter and I'd rather make sure our thermostat is working properly and seal leaks rather than take the easy fix which, for me, is flipping the switch for the gas fireplace. :) Voted up!


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

cherylone~ Fantastic additions! Thank you so much for sharing them. Thanks also for making it by to check out the hub.

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K9


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cherylone 5 years ago from Connecticut

Wow, you did this one quick, you must do this every year for your own home, right...... I can add a few you missed though, put small insulation plates behind electric outlets, seal up the hole where your cable wire travels through, and put a draft snake at the bottom of outside doors.....just thought I'd add those real easy tips--nothing like yours, though. Great Hub


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

thougtforce~ I am so glad you got things under control with the home you were able to sell! Nothing ruins a cozy evening at home more than not being warm enough. I sure appreciate you making it by and sharing your thoughts on heating a cold room!

Cheers~

K9


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Simone~ Thanks for the comments. In regard to your question:

"What's a register?"

Answer:

Heating, venting and air conditioning units use heat registers as the inflow and outflow for moving air through the system. These are the vents seen throughout a home, within the ceiling, floor or walls. The inflows are usually bigger than the outflow vents. Usually the outflow vents have a damper, allowing you to control the outflow in any given room; whereas inflow vents don't have dampers because this would restrict the air from heating properly in any given room. Basically, they control the movement of air throughout a home using dampers so to heat individual rooms evenly. Thus, preventing any room from being too cold or too hot.

Great Question Simone! Hope this clears it up for you.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

HubHugs~

K9


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

ThePracticalMommy~ HA!...sometimes it is the simple things that we overlook! Thanks for sharing your comments TPM!

Cheers~

K9


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

Very good tips here and what a fabulous hub! I used to live in a house with more wrongs than rights, with cold floors and drafty windows, poor isolation and a bad heating system! Couldn't be worse! I wish I had this hub then and I know you help many with this problem solution step by step. I think you cover the topic very well. We did fix the house to a better standard, so it was easier to sell and I am glad I could move out of there. There is nothing like a cold home to ruin the homely feeling!

Voted up, useful

Tina


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

GREAT advice!! Quick question: what's a register?


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ThePracticalMommy 5 years ago from United States

Great tips! It's sad to think that some of them are too obvious for some people... ;) Voted up!


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Flora~ Sounds like you have a very good method for keeping things comfy in your condo. I think you have a good awareness for how the thermostat can miss read the house temp if flooded with sunlight or is located in a hot room. Nice that you made it by today for a little room warming read. I appreciate your visits very much Flora.

HubHugs~

K9


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

My condo has electric heat in several rooms which is a good thing as my thermostat is in the livingroom-which gets lots of sun from windows from two different sides. It can be quite warm there naturally and not in other rooms. However, during this winter, I use my gas fireplace as much as possible because that will heat up all but my bedroom bathroom and laundry room and saves a lot of electricity. Otherwise, the electric heat would have to be on in every single room.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Denise~ Thanks! It's always the easiest stuff that can cause the most grief when it comes to home maintenance! Thanks for sharing your comments here my friend!

Cheers~

K9


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Great start, K9 I just cannot believe how quickly you cranked this one out! Whew! I love the first tip, hahaha Yet...it's like the car that won't start b/c it has no gas. Simple solutions Voted up.

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