There’s a room in your house you don’t like to visit often. At certain hours of the day you would rather be in one place and at other times another. Is it too hot to sleep at nights? Would you rather skip the basement altogether because it’s too cold? Do your children complain that their room is too warm or too cold? Does this seem familiar? More than likely this could be a fixable comfort issue.
You feel or have been told that “this is just the way it is” but this is far from true. What’s happening is the cool air gets sucked in to your basement (or lowest level) of your home. As your furnace heats this air up it now rises onto your upper levels escaping into the attic and from the attic to the outside. You think you are just trying to keep the air inside warm but in reality, you are always pulling cold air in, heating it up for our comfort and letting some of that air we just paid to heat escape to the outside. This is called the stack effect and it is well known in building science. Check out greenbuildingadvisor.com for more details.
How it Hurts You
This air movement usually makes basements cold & humid, middle floors comfortable (where the thermostat is) and upstairs too warm to sleep. It is also a waste of money because no matter how efficient your furnace is the very air you paid to heat goes out the top of your house, your chimney and other holes. You end up uncomfortable in your own home and paying too much money for it. Sure, insulation tries to keep the heat inside but insulation does not stop the air from moving through your house.
How to Get Comfortable and Save $$$
Kennihans specializes in plumbing, heating & air conditioning. Our ultimate goal is for you to have a safe, healthy and comfortable house while saving money. Stopping the air from coming in and out of the house as much, combined with appropriate insulation is a project that pays for itself in a few years and it gives you comfort your whole family have never experienced before. We can come in and perform an in-depth analysis at no cost to you to determine how we can achieve the comfort you desire and start saving immediately. Call Marcia or Becky at 724-898-3325 and schedule your Home Energy Checkup and you will be amazed by what you find. Find us online at kennihans.com to learn more. Who knows? Maybe you’ll start using that vacant room again!