If this has been an ongoing problem, you might just start to feel that it’s normal for certain rooms of your home to be drafty or to feel cooler or warmer than others. However, you should be concerned about this issue for more reasons than one.
Yes, it’s certainly uncomfortable. But also, your air conditioner and heater have to work harder to get the whole home comfortable when one part of the home struggles to reach the temperature that you have set on your thermostat. You could be paying a double on heating and air conditioning energy costs and repairs, all for a system that doesn’t even keep you as comfortable as it should.
WHAT CAUSES DRAFTS
Drafts in the home (or hot spots in the summer) are often due to air leaks. Air leaks can happen for several reasons. When your home was first constructed, builders left gaps so that features could be added in. There may be holes around recessed lighting, the chimney, windows and doors, or the pipes.
WHAT CAUSES TEMPERATURE VARIATIONS
Differences in the temperature around the home could also be due to leaks in the air ducts. Leaky ducts are extremely common, and some amount of air and heat could leak into the attic or other unoccupied areas of the home. This also forces your AC and heater to work too hard, potentially wearing down the parts of your AC system or heater prematurely.
SOLVING THE PROBLEM
We recommend scheduling a home energy audit to learn about where your home and ducts are leaking and to find ways to remediate the problem. Remember, leaks can cause high energy bills, problems with your comfort level, and a higher likelihood of pollutants and allergens in the home.
Hometech Builders has professionals that will diagnose your home and recommend solutions like air sealing or air duct sealing. Insulation alone won’t help to solve these problems. You need durable materials put in by professionals with air sealing so that the insulation can do its job.