Help! Why is My Room so Hot?
Have you ever experienced irregular temperatures throughout your home? Many people report feeling like one room in their house is hotter or colder than the rest of the environment. It can be time-consuming trying to solve the problem without a professional evaluation - is it your insulation, HVAC unit, or maybe air leakage from poorly sealed windows and doorways? Here's not only how you can get to the bottom of temperature regulation, but how to maintain a comfortable environment.
Why Is My Room So Hot?
There is a bit of good news: this isn't an uncommon problem! There are many households that don't have the proper systems and routines in place to make sure their home is temperature regulated. Your house is considered "temperature regulated" when the rooms throughout the house maintain a similar temperature. While this may seem obvious, you might not realize what can affect this regulation so easily - cracks and holes letting out heat, under-insulated ducts, or even an out-of-date AC unit. Luckily, there's more good news where that came from as well: solving this problem is just as common.
How to Cool Down a Room
There are a number of professionals within your area that could provide examinations and suggestions for keeping your building well maintained. However, with an insulation expert, you'll be able to not only determine if you're in need of an upgrade but also find problem areas that need to be addressed and regularly upgraded for the best results. Here's what your local insulation investigator will look out for to keep your rooms cool.
Of course, one of the first areas they’ll consider is the state of your insulation. You may be familiar with the insulation in your attic or basement, but they’ll also check your walls, floors, and ceilings. Typically, an expert will show you the results of “thermographic imaging” which is able to more accurately determine where you’re having problems with air leakage, irregular heat transfer, and hot spots.
Insulation often suffers from the "out of sight, out of mind" treatment. If you don't have an annual inspection for your insulation, you could be spending more money, inviting more pests, and hiding some big problems. Insulation is a significant factor in temperature regulation - if you don't regularly remove and renew the insulation, it loses effectiveness. For some insulation types, bugs and rodents use untreated fibers and pieces for their nests and even food. Finally, when neglecting regular inspections, you could be missing hubs for mold, water damage, and even decay in your ceilings.
While an insulation inspector won't always be able to upgrade or fix the unit themselves, the HVAC system is another piece of the temperature regulation cycle. Your air conditioner could be putting in overtime because of outdated parts or undermaintained systems failing, or you could be experiencing a lack of output because of internal damage. Regardless of the specific problem at hand, your HVAC unit could be contributing to the increase you see in your bills. When these systems are overworked, trying to regulate the temperature throughout a building, not only do they generate heat that can quickly lead to damage, but they can also be taking more energy that leads to an increase of 15% of your utility bills, on average.
Understanding airflow throughout your house may seem like trivia information for some, but for keen homeowners it can save you a lot on expenses and monthly bills. With the same thermographic imaging information your local expert used to determine where your house is having the most heat transfer problems, you can learn a lot about your building’s basic needs that you could take care of yourself.
Window seals and door frames are two of your most likely culprits when it comes to air leakage around your home. They may seem like small problems, but they can quickly lead to big bills and unwanted guests. Cracks around windows can be an invitation for bugs and pests while the gaps in your door frame are causing your air conditioner to make up for the escaped air.
Finding the Right Solution for Your Hot Room
When looking to keep your home comfortable and temperature regulated, it may not occur to you to look toward insulation, especially for new homeowners. However, taking advantage of having an insulation expert comb through your home could not only save you money on your monthly bills but could also finally work out those hot and cold spots that change with each room.
Your local Koala Insulation contractor is focused on providing the best insulation for your building. Evaluating your insulation needs, especially for new homeowners and businesses, is important for keeping your building comfortable and energy-efficient. Contact your local Koala Insulation expert today for a quality evaluation.