When we build our houses
we try to ensure that all the rooms are comfortable to
live in. We make special provisions to make sure that
rooms are cool in summer and warm in winter. And that
there is enough sunlight and the room is airy enough.
Sometimes certain rooms within the house may seem
unusually hot or cold or very drafty. This can be
caused due to a number of reasons. Here are some the
reasons this might occur and tips on how to deal with
If the floors feel too cold on bare feet then this maybe because
of inadequate insulation or because of air permeation. This often
happens in the basement, the floor over the garage or the floor
over the crawlspace. You may have to fix the air sealing and
insulation to reduce the chilly feeling from the floors. It is
best to consult a heating and cooling contractor to inspect the
heating and cooling system to find out whether the system is
delivering adequate amount of air to each room. He should check
all ducts to see if they are functioning properly.
There is a cold draft room though the windows and doors are shut.
This means that cold air is seeping into your house through gaps
around doors and windows, electrical outlets. The cold air is
seeping in displacing the warm air inside the house. Attics often
have this problem. Hire a heating and cooling contractor to check
the air sealing, check ducts for air leaks. If there is a
fireplace in your house, keep the damper shut when the fireplace
is not being used.
Hot or Cold Room
A particular room is considerably hotter or colder than the other
rooms in the house. This may be because of a number of reasons
like, insufficient insulation, air seepage, faulty duct system
design, seepage in ducts, partial failure of heating or cooling
system or due to directing heating by the sun in summer months.
This problem normally occurs in the attic, basement or room over
the garage. Hire a contractor who specializes in energy to do an
evaluation of the house. He should thoroughly check the current
heating and cooling system. Check ducts for air seepage. Seal air
seepage and add insulation wherever necessary. If the sun is the
reason that the room is getting hot install shades or screens.