A home is supposed to offer shelter from the cold. If your home isn’t doing this, then something is wrong. But just what could the problem be? There are many different reasons as to why your home is so cold. Below are just a few questions to ask yourself.
Is your heating working properly?
When a home is cold, an easy solution is usually to turn on the heating. However, faulty heating could be preventing your home from getting to the right temperature and staying there. Having to turn on the heating more frequently than in the past could be a sign that your heating isn’t working efficiently. HVAC repair may be necessary to get your heating working again. It could be worth checking all radiators and vents to make sure they’re all working – it may not be your boiler/furnace that is the problem. Annual HVAC inspections can usually prevent faults from occurring.
Should you upgrade your heating?
It’s possible that your heating may need to be upgraded to something newer or more powerful. The heating system may be getting old or it may not be efficient enough for the size of the building. Investing in a new boiler or furnace won’t be cheap, but could be what is needed to warm up your home. If certain rooms are cold, you may want to consider installing new vents or radiators.
Do you need to improve insulation?
Good insulation will reduce the rate at which heat leaves your home. Installing insulation can be expensive but it’s a good investment as you’ll save money on heating in the future. A few ways to insulate you home include:
- Insulating your loft to prevent heat loss through the roof (the most effective form of insulation!)
- Installing double-glazed or triple-glazed windows to stop heat loss through windows
- Installing wall insulation to prevent heat loss through walls
- Installing underfloor insulation to prevent heat loss through the floor
Improving insulation is possible even if you live in a rented property – improvements such as switching to thicker curtains or putting thick rugs on wooden floors can help to reduce heat loss.
Do you need to look into draught-proofing?
It’s possible cold air could be getting into your home through cracks and gaps. This could be making your home cold even with heating on. Common places for draughts to enter include gaps in window frames and gaps beneath doors. Large cracks in walls, the roof or the floor can also let in draughts. Consider finding ways to seal up these gaps and cracks such as using temporary draught excluders under doors or hiring a roof repair company.
Could lack of humidity be an issue?
A home with dry air can often colder and may take longer to warm up. Consider testing humidity levels in your home to see if this is a problem. It’s possible to buy a humidifier for your home in order to combat dry air – this could help to make your home feel warmer.
*this is a collaborative post.