There’s nothing like being inside your toasty house during winter while the cold wind howls outside and snow accumulates everywhere. But if there’s a cold area that sends shivers down your spine, your home has a heating problem that needs to be addressed.
Here are some reasons why you need to put on your jacket indoors even when the heat is on (and how to prevent those cold spots).
If your furnace is too small, the heat won’t reach the areas furthest away. The first step when dealing with cold spots is to ensure your heating equipment can handle the coldest nights. Have a professional review your home’s construction and calculate the correct size for your furnace, especially if you’ve recently added a room or two.
If your furnace is the right size and you still have a cold room or corner, your system may not be balanced to provide the right amount of air to each grille. Have your distribution system assessed to make sure there are no obstructions or leaks.
Leaky windows creating drafts
This is a common reason for cold spots. Air from outside enters your home through small gaps around your windows and will give you a draft, especially when the wind blows. You also waste energy trying to heat the cold air that enters. Seal around your windows and doors to keep warm air in and cold air out.
Your heating equipment needs to be repaired or replaced
If your furnace’s fan is dirty or your burner isn’t working, you won’t get enough heat for your whole house. After years of use, your furnace’s performance will drop, leaving you with less heat while consuming more energy. If your heating equipment is past its life span, consider upgrading to a new, more efficient system to take care of your home. You’ll also save on heating costs in the process!
Furniture is blocking airflow and creating cold spots
Sometimes the solution to a cold spot is simply to rearrange your furniture. If you block vents or radiators, air won’t flow freely to heat your home. Think carefully about how you lay out your room. This will make sure you’re not left shivering while your armchair heats up.