Why Does My House Get So Cold in the Winter?

woman shivering inside cold house

Now that temperatures are starting to drop, most Americans are turning the heat up. If you are reading this, chances are, you have discovered that there is a constant chill throughout your home.

You have likely checked your thermostat several times to find that the setting is appropriate for your comfort; however, the indoor temperature remains to be just too low.

Is it worth it to turn the thermostat higher and risk an immensely high energy bill or should you remain in the cold and risk health complications?

The answer is “neither”. You must uncover the root cause of the issue and resolve it immediately. Here, you will learn the most common culprits of this indoor climate problem.

Why is My House So Cold Even with the Heating On?

1. Air Infiltration

Air is known for its ability to carry heat. If there are leaks throughout your home, the heat inside will escape. As the heat goes out, an equal amount of the bitter, uncomfortable cold air from outdoors will come into the home.

Professionals refer to this process as “air infiltration”. The colder air that enters in the home lacks the amount of humidity that warm air possesses. This increases discomfort by causing dryness of the skin, the development of static electricity, and chapped lips.

Areas susceptible to leaks include the ceiling and attic area, the lowest floor or the home’s crawl space, around the doors and the windows, and the vent systems throughout the home. Simply have a certified HVAC professional come in to determine if leaks are present and to resolve the issue.

2. Your Home's Insulation May Be Inadequate

If you find that your home is colder than usual, it may be time to replace your insulation. Often, insulation is not installed properly in the attic, crawl space, and walls. Other times, moisture and humidity may result in compromises to your home’s insulation.

It could be that the insulation is simply too old or wore down to provide ample protection during the winter months. Simply have your insulation inspected and replace, as necessary.

3. Your HVAC System’s Duct Work May Be Unbalanced

To determine if your home’s duct work is unbalanced, you should have a HVAC technician come in and do a Manual J load test on circulation.

Immediately thereafter, a calculation will be performed to determine what duct sizes are appropriate for your home, the turns that are necessary, as well as where they each should be located throughout the structure.

The goal is to ensure that there is a proper balance between the air that is coming into your home and the air that is being pushed out of your home – the positive and negative pressure. This will aid in ensuring that your home remains warm – even on the coldest of days.

Troubleshoot the Issue Today

Is your home too cold? If so, it is time for a HVAC professional to come in and perform heating troubleshooting. We can help with that!

For professional heating service in Lithia Springs or any of the surrounding areas, just give Ronald Smith Heating & Air a call today at 770-766-9212.

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