Heating, 10 Cheap Ways to Warm up a Cold Room
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
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- Closed register
- Furnace (HVAC) coil is dirty and clogged
- Drapes and furniture block heat flow
- Clogged ducts (not the kind with webbed feet)
- Dampers are closed
- Thermostat located in a warm location
- Drafty windows
- Poor attic or wall insulation
- Cold basement
- Heat loss due to leaks
"What's a HVAC register?"
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
- Open the register (sorry, but it's just that simple)
- Clean the filter and check for dirty AC coil using a flashlight; call a pro to clean coil if needed.
- Add a $6 plastic deflector (find them at Home-supply stores) and rearrange furniture.
- Clean out debris as far as you can reach.
- Adjust dampers for better (higher) airflow.
- Close the registers around the thermostat; utilize a thermometer to compare room temperatures.
- Caulk and weatherstrip windows, or when the budget permits, replace windows with tighter, higher efficiency units.
- Increase attic or wall insulation when and if possible.
- Insulate rim joists and basement; add more registers in basement.
- Seal leaks around plumbing stacks, and around lights and chimneys.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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