Do you ever feel just like Goldilocks? Some parts of the home feel far too warm, while some other parts are way too cold. While we may find the odd area that’s just right, it’s usually somewhere like a broom closet where (let’s be honest) we’re not likely to spend much of our free time. It can be utterly infuriating when the home simply refuses to be the right temperature, it can keep us tossing and turning all night and make our well earned free time far less pleasant.
Typically the solution has been to throw AC at the problem, changing the air temperature artificially. But while this may be a quick fix, it’s one that comes with a heavy price tag both for your home and the environment. Air conditioning units aren’t cheap to run and the cost of keeping them going accounts for around 20% of the electricity usage in the United States. Since generating energy almost always comes at the expense of the environment this is clearly not a sustainable solution for the eco-conscious. The best bet is to address the causes of these imbalances in your home’s temperature.
Start from the top and work your way down
Very often your roof and roof insulation are the main offenders if your home is too cold, no matter how much you turn up the thermostat. Firstly, the materials from which the roof itself is made play a huge part. If you want your home to stay warm in winter yet cool in summer, a new metal roof from Erie Construction may be a great starting point. Metal roofs are durable and long lasting, but they’re also natural conductors, helping to seal heat inside the home. They’re also designed to reflect solar radiation rather than absorbing it, so that your home stays cool in the summer. It’s also worth taking a good look at your attic insulation. It’s important to choose the right insulation type and materials to suit your home while also looking out for signs that your insulation may be compromised. Damp patches, puddles and signs of animal infestation such as droppings and signs of gnawing are obvious red flags.
Ducts to ducts
Few among us pay that much attention to our ductwork or HVAC but they’re a leading cause of temperature imbalances in the home. If your ductwork is the wrong size for your home you’ll lack the airflow you need which will not only lead to heating imbalances, but potentially cause lasting damage to the system. Moreover, you should check for leaks and poor insulation in your ductwork as this can reduce airflow by up to 30%.
We all know that hot air rises, but few of us are aware of just how much our heating systems create a disparity in temperature between levels of the home. Remember that thermostats are most effective in the room in which they’re installed, so it may be worth investing in a system of multi-room thermostats.