Why Does My House Feel So Cold?

Why Does My House Feel So Cold? You’re turning up the heat but you still feel cold. So frustrating. There could be numerous culprits at work causing you to feel so uncomfortable. Let’s review 6 potential perpetrators.

Lack of Maintenance

Maintaining your HVAC system is one of the best things you can do to keep your system operating optimally no matter the season.  We recommend at least one tune-up annually to ensure your system and its components are clean and free of issues.  Annual maintenance also helps you to avoid major issues and unexpected failures. Plus, you get maximum efficiency, better heating and cooling.  And the overall cost of running your system (winter and summer) will be reduced along with your monthly energy bill.

Why Does My House Feel So Cold?  Air Filter Needs Replacement

Filters trap debris and allergens keeping them out of your system and ducts. If they are clogged, the airflow to the furnace is reduced, forcing the system to work harder to heat your home. This can lead to unnecessary wear-n-tear and increased energy costs.

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Typically, we recommend changing your air filter with the change of seasons.

Your Home Needs Moisture

If you’re struggling with a persistently cold home in the winter, low humidity may be to blame.

Other symptoms of low humidity include:

  • Dry skin
  • Dry, itchy sinuses
  • Irritated throat
  • Itchy eyes
  • Cold-like symptoms
  • Increased static electricity

A whole-home humidifier can be used to raise the indoor humidity level in your home to between 30% and 50% and keep it there automatically. This is the ideal level to make your house feel warmer inside during winter without raising the thermostat or increasing your energy bills.

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Adding humidity can aid in your health. Since heaters create dry air, a whole-home humidifier will add moisture to the air, helping heal your dry skin, bloody nose, and sore throat.

Why Does My House Feel So Cold? Poor Insulation

Proper insulation is essential to keeping a house warm and keeping the cold air outside where it belongs.  It’s critical your attic is well insulated to keep cold air out of living spaces.

How old is your home?

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The insulation could be aging, worn out, or not installed correctly. It’s also possible a previous owner installed insulation with an R-value that doesn’t work for the climate in which you live.

Cold Air Is Finding A Way In

Do you feel a draft? Cold air may be finding its way in through cracks and gaps in your attic, foundation, windows and doors. Air sealing is one of the most important things you can do to improve energy efficiency, your home’s comfort and health. The first thing to do is seal any openings, cracks or gaps around window and door frames, especially in older homes. Use caulk and weatherstripping for good results.

Why Does My House Feel So Cold? Leaky Ductwork

If you notice higher than usual energy bills, uneven heating throughout the home, and excess dust, you may have leaky or incorrectly configured ductwork. If your ductwork is in the incorrect location or not sized properly, it may need to be replaced.

Keep in mind, ductwork will only be effective if the HVAC unit is the proper size for the house.  If your furnace is too small, your only option is replacing it.

Contact Us If Your House Feels Cold

If you are noticing a general uncomfortable feeling in your home, it may be the humidity level. Give us a call so we can evaluate your situation and help you feel warm and cozy this winter.

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For over 25 years, we have been helping Louisville homeowners just like you with their HVAC systems. We are here for you 24/7. Call or text and check out our Humidifier special.


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