Having a room that is always cold can be quite irritating, especially in the colder months. This article seeks to help homeowners solve this problem by presenting a couple of easy fixes as well as a couple of home improvement projects that you can give a try. That being said, make sure to pay close attention and follow the instructions as detailed below.
Things to Consider
Before starting any major projects over the temperature of the room, you should first look into the probable causes. After all, the simplest solutions are often the best. For instance, you will need to take a good look at your registers to see if they are blocked or not. If this is the case then it can be as simple as moving the furniture around or setting aside that rug that is blocking the room’s airflow.
On the other hand, if the registers are not the problem then you might want to take a look at the dampers to see if a simple adjustment can improve the airflow. Remember, there are markings on the ductwork itself indicating ‘summer’ and ‘winter’ so make sure that it is set correctly.
Finally, you may want to take a good look at the Furnace. More often than not, heating and cooling problems are caused by improperly maintained and filthy filters. If this is the case, then a simple change in the filter should be enough to solve the problem.
Insulation is another big consideration. Poorly insulted garages can result in the room located directly above it to lose a lot of its heat. Properly insulating your garage will stop the problem reoccurring. One way to do this may be to install some wooden garage doors if you have metal ones, or insulating the walls and windows in your garage.
Electric Toe-Kick Heaters
If none of the minor fixes presented above do the trick, then perhaps it is time to start a home improvement project to remedy the situation. For the purpose of heating up a room, we recommend that you try installing Electric Toe-Kick Heaters. These small heaters come equipped with blowers which fit well in the hollow space typically found in the nooks and crannies of kitchen cabinets and stair treads.
To do this, you will first need to run a dedicated circuit from the house’s main electrical panel to power the heaters. Ideally, you should have full control over the temperature so make sure that you choose a model with that specific feature, usually coming in the form of a high/low switch. Just keep in mind that you will need to exercise a bit of self-control when it comes to the heat as overdoing it can lead to the softening of vinyl flooring.
These are just a couple of things that you can do to help heat up a perennially cold room. Make sure to explore your options and follow the directions accordingly.