Unless you live in a brand new home with a perfect HVAC system, you probably have some rooms in your home that are easier to heat than others. This leads to the inevitable hot spots, cool spots, and hopefully, some rooms that are just right. Too often homeowners assume there’s nothing to be done about these uncomfortable rooms. The truth is that Half Price Drapes has some solutions for you.
Start by understanding two basic principles
Houses are their own systems, and they all operate uniquely – yet they all operate by the same system with two basic principles: heat comes into a space and it wants to escape into a cooler space. Most homes in the U.S. use forced air heating to add heat. Basically, a gas furnace heats up a heat exchanger to very hot temperatures and air is blown across it. This heat is picked up and transferred to other rooms in the house via duct systems. These systems can heat a home quickly, but they can also have problems that lead to cold rooms.
Think of ducts as the delivery system
Ducts get heat from your furnace to the rest of your home, but sometimes they can be damaged or disconnected. They can become kinked or crushed, and these issues can lead to significant airflow problems throughout the duct system. Long duct runs can also restrict airflow, causing the air to travel longer and not be as hot. Dirty furnace filters allow less air to flow through, which makes the furnace work harder and less efficiently. Cleaning up ductwork is your first step to getting more evenly heated rooms.
Keep the heat where you want it
The next challenge is preventing heat from escaping. It can escape if you don’t have the right insulation in your walls, floors, or ceilings. Poorly insulated windows can also cause heat loss. Easily solutions include sealing up air leaks around baseboards, windows, electrical outlets, and other areas that warm air escapes from. Replacing old windows and old insulation can make a huge difference. You can also add clear insulating film to the outside of the window. Finally, consider adding honeycomb blinds that create isolative air pockets to keep the heat in.
Drapes can make all the difference
You can also add custom made heavy draperies that prevent heat from leaking through your windows. Half Price Drapes has tons of options, including blackout curtains, an entire silk selection, and more. Take a look at what we have and contact us right away with any questions or concerns. We look