Best Ways to Heat Cold Rooms

Best Ways to Heat Cold RoomsHaving some areas of your home that stay too cold in winter is a discomforting problem. If you’re looking for a way to heat cold rooms and boost your comfort, you should start by performing some easy troubleshooting checks on your home’s heating system:

  • Inspect the heating vents. They should be completely open and there shouldn’t be anything in the way that might block airflow, like long curtains, pieces of furniture or kid’s toys.
  • Check your duct dampers. Some homes have duct dampers that need adjusting seasonally. If yours aren’t on the “winter” setting and fully open, then airflow may be restricted.
  • Pull out the furnace filter. A completely clogged air filter can limit warm air output at the registers, so put in a fresh filter and follow up with monthly checks throughout the winter.

If your temperature inconsistencies aren’t solved, it’s time to call in an HVAC pro to look for other heating system problems. You can also get expert feedback on these supplemental heating options:

Ductwork Booster Fans

These fans are installed in the ductwork to boost heated air output at particular registers. They’re usually wired to the main breaker box, and have pressure switches so they start up and shut down along with the furnace blower.

Cove Heaters

A cove heater placed up high on the wall can warm up a cold room with efficient radiant heat that doesn’t require a fan. Cove heaters are thermostat-controlled and must be directly wired to their own breaker in the electrical panel.

Room-to-Room Ventilators

A room-to-room fan is a good solution for moving heat generated by a fireplace insert or wood stove into an adjacent room that’s too cold. Most are dual-speed and switch-controlled, but they can plug into any standard electrical receptacle.

Kick-Space Heaters

These electric, blower-equipped fans are made to conveniently fit the space below kitchen and bathroom cabinets. They can be either switch- or thermostat-controlled, and have to be hard-wired into the circuit breaker panel.

For personalized advice on how to heat cold rooms in your Middletown home, contact us today at C.R. Wolfe Heating & Air Conditioning.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Middletown, New York about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about heating considerations and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 845-367-4482. 

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