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How to Fix: Home Still Cold With Heater On

Updated on December 10, 2012

No matter how strong your heater may be, it will not make too much of a difference if your house is not well insulated. Insulation is key to having a warm home. By knowing how to efficiently circulate the warm air inside the house, not only do you save on electricity costs on running the heater, you may simply have no need to turn on one if you use several effective heat insulation strategies. In this Hubpages, we examine why your home may still be cold with all the heaters on and how you can fix these issues over both the short and long term.

So why is your home so cold? Let us first go through some basic physics. First, know that in the presence of both cold and hot air, the cold air will sink, while the hot air will rise. Why is this the case? Because cold air has a greater density than warm air. Therefore, if you live in a multi-floor apartment such as a duplex or triplex and there is an opening space between these floors, your upper floor is more likely to be warmer than the lower one, even if all your heaters are located in the lower floor. This is very important to know when you try and employ effective heat insulation strategies.

Home Insulation Methods

So how do you keep a home well insulated? Unfortunately, some people have limited options, especially if they do not have their own homes. Some insulation methods can only be employed when the house is actually being built. In this Hubpages, we discuss several strategies (ranging from easy to difficult) to keep your house nice and warm.

#1 Curtains and Mats
The first step to having a well-insulated home is to have high quality curtains and mats. For example, you should buy thick curtains for large panel windows so less cold air is likely to enter from one layer windows. Door mats should also be placed in a way so it blocks cold outside air from entering the apartment from underneath the door. Use any method possible in order to block the little cracks and holes within windows and doors.

#2 Heater placements
Now that you know how both warm and cold air circulates, you should now try to place your available heaters in strategic positions. You might also want to move your furniture in areas where it will directly receive warm air from your heater. For example, you may want to place your corner desk right below an air conditioner heater.

#3 Double-layered Walls
This only works for those who are in the planning stages of building a home or has the permission to break down existing walls in their home. With this strategy, you are basically building two layers of concrete walls, and in between, you will fill the empty space with materials such as polystyrene or foam (these materials have a high R-value). This will help trap the warm air within your homes, as well as prevent cold air from entering through any cracks in the wall.

#4 Double paneled windows
A less destructive method is to install double paneled windows. If you have double paneled windows along with high quality curtains, you can be sure that your house would remain relatively warm, even if the heaters are not on.

Types of Heaters

As you many know, there are many types of heaters that can be installed in your homes. You need to find one that has the most optimal design. What this means is that you need to find one that has the greatest heat radius, with the least energy use. This all depends on the layout and existing structure of your homes. If you plan on living in your house for the long term, it may save you a lot of money if you consult with home planners on how you can effectively install heaters and insulation materials. By the way, here are some heaters you may not be aware of.

#1 Electric Heating Blanket
Might sound like a big safety hazard to have a warm blanket on your bed, but this product has come a long way. Before, it was temporarily ban because there was no way to automatically adjust the temperature of the blanket. With new safety regulations employed, you can use this heating product in order to keep you nice and warm while you sleep. This is a lot more cost-effective than having to use a large heater to warm the whole room.

#2 Heating Mats
Like the heating blanket, heating mats are best used for people who have cold feet. Like my case, no matter how warm the room is, I always have a case of cold feet due to my body's blood circulation system. You can place heating mats almost anywhere, such as underneath your desk or right along your sofa.

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