When the colder weather rolls around, your home can feel like the inside of a freezer in no time at all. However, the solution to the problem may seem simple: turn up the heat. And while this usually can help, there is a chance that your living space could still feel inadequately warm — but why is that? If you think that there’s more cool air than heat in your home, there are a few things to consider:
Why is My Home Still Cold?
You might have seen this one coming, but if you happen to have windows that withstood the test of time, chances are, those sills are a source of the cold. Think about it like this: When there’s a slight crack in the frame (or even the pane) of the window, that can be letting brisk, chilly winter air invade your home — and you’ll be able to feel it, no matter how high the thermostat is set.
Of course, the simplest solution to the problem is to have any problematic windows replaced, but that’s not always the most budget-friendly alternative. However, you can still apply weather stripping (which can be purchased at your local home improvement store) to your windows to help kick the cold out and keep the heat in. If you’re looking to take this fix to the next level, then consider looking into thicker curtains. These will not only help keep stray gusts of cold air from seeping in, but window treatments will help provide a new, fresh look to the room they’re hung up in!
While on the topic of windows, another feature in your home that may be causing heat loss are your doors. No, we’re not necessarily talking about those that are linked to your bedroom or bathroom, but those that lead outside. For instance, if your front door is made of wood or is up there in age, there’s a chance that it’s letting more cold air inside than you realize.
And just like treating a drafty window with weather stripping, homeowners can apply the same solution on their doors — but that doesn’t always lead to the most beneficial outcome. However, if you were to replace the door altogether, that could make a huge difference. That said, opting for a door made of fiberglass can help keep warmth inside and leave cold air on your doorstep.
Do you remember the days in science class when they’d tell you that hot air rises and cold air falls? Well, that concept is still alive and well — especially in your home. The fact of the matter is, if your attic isn’t adequately insulated, then heat will escape through it, letting the cold air thrive. And while on the topic of having a poorly insulated attic, if there are any holes in your roof, that can only make matters worse.
If you feel as if this might be causing the problem at hand, then it’s best to have the upper portion of your home inspected thoroughly. This means having your roof looked at by a professional and having any holes spotted repaired. And once that’s complete, if your attic lacks insulation or could use improvement, then it would be a good investment to have a professional insulate the space from floor to ceiling.
By taking these preventative steps, you’ll not only be eliminating the chance of cold air coming into your home but the heat from your HVAC unit won’t linger into the great outdoors — a proud moment for any homeowner!
Do You Think Your Heater Might be the Source of the Problem?
Ponderosa Heating & Cooling is here to help! Our team of certified HVAC experts can keep your home warm and cozy all winter long. If you’re looking for the ultimate level of comfort when the temperatures begin to drop, give us a call at (541) 204-2775 and we’ll lend a helping hand!