Why is my home so cold?
Your Furnace needs Repairs
The biggest reason you may be experiencing harsher than normal colds within your home is because your furnace requires repairs. Typically, you’ll want your furnace to be professionally inspected every year by a furnace contractor. If you haven’t had an inspection in awhile, or if you’re noticing unusually cold spells within your home, it’s worth reaching out to a heating specialist for help diagnosing the problem. If you’re noticing that your furnace isn’t working properly, it may be time to call a professional. They can do a full inspection and assess whether or not your furnace is still in good condition. If there are repairs that need to be made, they’ll let you know what those are and how much they’ll cost so that you can budget accordingly. Keep in mind that repairing your furnace can dramatically increase its lifespan, and will be drastically cheaper than simply buying a replacement. If you’d like to learn more about furnace repair in Coon Rapids MN, then reach out to All Climate Mechanical today for all your needs!
Check your Thermostat
The first thing to do is check your thermostat. It’s possible that the temperature has been turned down and you just don’t know it. If you have a digital or programmable thermostat, make sure it is set to a comfortable temperature for the time of day. If neither of these solutions works, check to make sure that your thermostat still has functioning batteries. If you have an older thermostat, it may need to be replaced. Keep in mind that fixing or even replacing a thermostat is quite a bit cheaper than repairing or installation your home’s heating system, so it is well worth the time and effort to check this system first before moving on to more drastic solutions. If you are unsure how to check your thermostat, consult with a heating professional. They will be able to look over your system and let you know what needs to be done.
Check your home’s Ventilation System
If your home’s ventilation system is clogged up with dust, it will not be able to expel the hot air from your house. This can lead to a buildup of moisture and mold inside your walls. In addition, depending on the type heating system you own, this problem will be exacerbated by increased carbon monoxide levels in your home. Mold can cause structural issues to the support of your home, and only gets more expensive to remove the further it spreads. In addition, it can cause adverse health conditions to you and anyone else living in your home. With all that being said, if you suspect that mold could be growing in your home, you should take steps to get rid of it as soon as possible.
Check you Air Filter
A dirty air filter can cause your furnace to work harder, which will lead to higher energy bills and a shorter lifespan for your system. It’s important to check the filters in your home every month or so, and when you do, replace them if there are any signs of dirt or dust on them. This is an easy way to save money on heating costs without having to invest in new equipment. Like your home’s air vents, if your furnace’s air filter is clogged or dirty, it can impact the effectiveness of your heating system. If the filter is clogged with debris, it can reduce your furnace’s ability to circulate air through your home effectively. This will make it work harder than necessary, to provide the same heat it used to.
Inspect your home’s insulation
The insulation in your home can be damaged by pests and animals, or just from wear and tear over time. If it’s damaged, you’ll want to repair or replace it before winter starts so that you can keep your house warm all the way through the season. If you’re unsure how to do this, it’s best to hire a professional. You may also want to consider adding more insulation if your home has poor insulation.
Check for Drafts around Windows and Doors
If you have drafty windows or doors, it can be difficult to keep your home warm. You’ll want to repair any drafts that exist and make sure there is enough caulking around the edges of your doors and windows so that they don’t let in cold air. If you’re unsure how to do this on your own, hire a professional heating contractor instead.
At All Climate Mechanical, we’d be happy to help you with Furnace Replacement, Roof Top Heating Units, Residential Heating, Thru-the-Wall Systems, Ductless Split Systems, Thermostats and Controls, Preventative Maintenance, and more! If you still have any questions after reading this article, always consult your local HVAC professional. We’re always happy to help so give us a call today!