It’s Cold in Here

Temperatures are changing in the Triad, and some people are reaching for their thermostat. Have you ever wondered why houses are sometimes uncomfortable even if there is enough heat?

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Houses can be uncomfortable for many reasons. While the furnace may be big enough to provide adequate heat, the distribution system may not deliver it evenly to all areas. You may have experienced houses where some rooms are too warm while others are too cool. This is a distribution problem.

If the heat loss is concentrated in certain areas, you can be cool in those parts of the house.  For example, if there is a loose-fitting window in the living room and you are sitting in a chair adjacent to this window, you may feel a cool draft even when the room is at 75oF.  These uncomfortable spots can change with the direction of the wind.

Houses can also be warm enough, but too dry, which makes them uncomfortable. In these situations, people will often introduce humidifiers. However, houses can also be too humid. This may not make the room uncomfortable, but it is bad for the house structure. Condensation in the wall and roof areas can do serious structural damage!

Some people find air blowing across their ankles is uncomfortable, even if it is relatively warm. Heat pumps often blow air that feels cool at the supply registers although the system is working properly.

Rooms over unheated garages, basements, or crawl spaces may have cold floors even when the room itself is at a comfortable temperature. Heat loos through the floor makes the floor feel cold. Although it feels as though the cold is coming up through the floor, heat actually flows from warm to cool areas.

As you can see from the above scenarios, the key here is comfort. Temperature is a complex component of comfort and people have individual ideas on what feels best to them.

If you just can’t seem to get warm, an evaluation of your distribution system may be in order.

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