Avoiding certain rooms in your home because you can’t keep them warm?
We pay a lot for our homes. That is pretty obvious. However, at time we avoid certain rooms because we simply can’t keep them warm. This is extremely wasteful. We all have that one room in the home that just won’t stay warm enough. No matter what you do or how high you turn the thermostat the temperature in that one room won’t budge. Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up every morning knowing that every room in your home is the same optimal temperature?
We completely understand the need for heat efficiency. While the weather outside may be unpredictable, dealing with the heating in your home doesn’t need to be. Every homeowner deserves to have their heating system heating up the entire house and not just a special amount of rooms. Here are some simple do it yourself fixes you can apply in your home so that every room is warm and comfortable.
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Four quick, easy, and affordable solutions to warming a cold room
Are your dampers open?
A damper is a valve or plate that stops or regulates the flow of air inside a duct, chimney, VAV box, air handler, or other air handling equipment. A damper may be used to cut off central air conditioning (heating or cooling) to an unused room, or to regulate it for room-by-room temperature and climate control. Some homes may have automated dampers, which open and close automatically from a low voltage or wireless signal at a thermostat location. However most homes have manual type dampers, which can be manually adjusted by the homeowner. Step one to improve airflow to the registers of your rooms involves looking along the duct that leads to your furnace. Locate the lever, and pull it parallel to the duct work. After this, you can check the registers to see if there is improved airflow.
Are your registers blocked?
The part of your HVAC system that maintains the airflow throughout a room is called a register. Often times, the registers get blocked by furniture, rugs, or carpets. This can cause dramatically reduced airflow. This can significantly affect the room temperature. Blocking the vents or registers can restrict the air flow and cause your furnace or air conditioner to need to work even harder to heat or cool your home. This is less efficient and more expensive. Make sure your registers are clear and clean for optimal air flow.
Are your radiators clear?
Covering up or blocking your radiator can seriously lower the effectiveness of your equipment. Radiators work well only when they are properly ventilated, letting the air flow freely around the heater and thus allowing warm air to circulate throughout the room. Look to see you haven’t thrown clothes over it or moved a piece of furniture too close. A covered radiator also puts strain on the furnace or air conditioner. This can make it not last as long because it is overworking itself.
Have you changed your furnace filter?
When should you change your furnace filter? A four inch filter will need to be changed every two months and a five inch filter every three months. There are numerous drawbacks to having a dirty filter in your system, including blocked or restricted air flow to the registers as well as spewing pet dander, hair, mites, mold spores, and so much more throughout your home. A new filter for your heating system is a wise and cost-effective measure. This ensures health and comfort for the next year to come. A dirty filter can also cause your allergies to act up.
Still Not Warm? The Experts Are Here To Help
If you have given each of these tips a try and still can’t get that one stubborn room to warm up, then give us a call at 307-316-7634. Your Marv’s Plumbing and Heating specialist is waiting to help. We can inspect your heating and cooling systems and recommend simple changes that can save you money and improve your quality of life.