Although as Floridians we get to enjoy a mild climate almost year-round, there are those few days of the year when temperatures can drop below freezing. Because temperatures occasionally drop, it’s important to make sure your home is warm enough to keep you comfortable. If poor insulation has you and your family shivering, here’s what might be the culprit and what you can do about it:
There Are Gaps Around the House
Heat can sneak out of your house through unsuspecting small spaces, so if your home feels a little too cold, check for gaps. The best places to look are the spaces where your ceiling fan attaches to the ceiling. If there is a gap in between the fan and the ceiling, heated air could be leaking out. Similarly, spaces like the mail chute and the area around window units could have open gaps sucking the heat right out.
Your Doors Fail the Paper Test
If your home is feeling cold this winter, you could be throwing money out the window. To check for poor insulation around the doors of your home, try the paper test. This is a simple troubleshooting method that only requires a few minutes and a piece of paper. Simply lay a piece of paper down at the doorway and close the door. If you can easily remove the piece of paper when pulling the paper, air is easily escaping too. Get a new threshold for the bottom of the door to prevent more heat loss.
Your Windows Trim is Worn Out
Similarly to a bad door threshold, your windows could be letting warm air escape too. To check, inspect the trim of the windows from outside of your house. If you notice that the trim has pulled away, it’s time to replace it.
Your System Doesn’t Match Your Home
Often times, your home’s system, whether it is a furnace or central heating and cool system, may be the wrong size for your home. If this is the case, your best option is to replace the system so that it can heat your home properly. For example, if your home is 3,000 square feet but your system is only designed to cool and heat around 2,000 square feet, your home will never be as comfortable as it could be. Although it may seem costly, having a new system installed is your best option, as it will save you money in the long run. The most important thing to remember when getting a new HVAC system installed is that it’s installed correctly. The technicians at Climate Design can help you choose the appropriate system for the size of your home and will install it correctly.
There are numerous things that could be causing your home to lose heat this winter. Although some may be fixed with a little DIY magic, some repairs may require help from the professionals at Climate Design. At Climate Design, our #1 priority is your comfort! If your home isn’t as comfortable as it could be, contact us to see how we can help.