My Heating is Turned on, Why is my House so Cold?

House in the snow

With Ontario having its first few weeks of snow storms and temperatures dipping to -20˚C up in Muskoka, there’s no doubt that this year’s winter is now in full flow.

Your home is designed to be a comfortable space that you can both relax in as well as escape from the weather outside, but do you ever find that you’re asking yourself why your house is so cold even though your heating is on?

Coming home to a cold house or waking up to the ice-cold touch of your kitchen tiles is never easy, and you shouldn’t have to live in your home always worrying about how you are going to heat it up.

Why is my house cold?

There’s a variety of reasons that your house could be cold despite your heating being on, and one of those could be that your furnace simply isn’t delivering the heat you need. This could be for a variety of reasons including:

  • Your rooms are unevenly heated.

  • Your house has cold rooms that are preventing your entire home from heating properly.

  • Your radiators or vents aren’t giving off the heat they should be.

This could all be fixed through a variety of methods including ensuring your vents are all opened and cleaned, opening the doors in your house so warmth can circulate and getting a licenced HVAC professional to inspect your furnace to make sure its working efficiently.

However, there’s a much more common reason that your house probably isn’t holding on to the heat that your HVAC system gives out - poor insulation.

There are many ways that poor insulation can lead to a cold house, including freezing cold floors and weathered windows. Georgian Insulation has listed three ways you can ensure your home has proper insulation this winter:

1 - Windows are a a huge source of heat loss

Old weathered windows are often one of the most common causes of heat loss, but it can be expensive to upgrade every window in your house to triple pane glass.

A simple and far more affordable fix would be to use a window insulation kit to seal out the cold air. While it may not be the most aesthetically pleasing option, it does still let in the natural light, and is easily removed when the warmer weather arrives.

Other cheaper fixes could include upgrading your curtains to something heavier so that the thicker material will trap colder air between the fabric and the window, or filling any gaps and leaks with caulk.

2 - Update old insulation

Just like everything else inside your house, insulation ages over time and can become damaged. This means it needs to be replaced and upgraded, and that’s not even mentioning the fact that your home could have an older type of insulation, such as vermiculite, many of which are considered unsafe today.

It’s possible that you also have damaged insulation from open wires or animals. Whether old or damaged, a leak in your insulation will mean that cold air is getting inside and warm air is escaping. All this creates a cold home and adds to your discomfort.

Once you seal your insulation, your heating will begin to run efficiently and your house will warm up seamlessly.

3 - Check your basement

Many basements often get written off as cold, dark and dingy, especially if they are unfinished. However, a basement with incorrect insulation is often one of the biggest culprits when it comes to a cold house.

Basements that use old and inefficient insulation - which is a surprising amount as many people don’t use their basement - will let cold air in and that will seep into the main floor of your house.

By bringing your basement up to date with environmentally friendly cellulose insulation, or even a one-time lifetime insulation of Walltite Eco, you will instantly feel the temperature difference.

Adequate insulation is your best defense against the cold weather. It keeps your warm air from escaping and prevents cold air from seeping into your home. Not only that, but a properly insulated home will improve your comfort, reduce your carbon footprint and will reduce energy bills meaning you can save money each month.

Want to learn more? Contact Georgian Insulation today for more information.

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