It’s an age-old problem — or at least since they invented stairs: For some reason, your bedroom is always cold at night, even when the heat is on, and the living room feels fine.
Well, the good news is, it’s not just “some reason.” We know why it happens. And, we know how to fix it.
The even better news? There are better ways to fix it than ever before. And, they work out here in Elgin, Barrington, and elsewhere in the Fox River Valley that have seen some brutal winters later.
In this post, we’ll look at why this happens. And, we’ll clue you into the best way to solve it.
And, if you’re tired of waking up with cold in the morning, give Compass Heating and Air a call. Starting with a free consultation, we’ll make your upstairs rooms more comfortable than ever.
There could be a number of reasons your bedrooms are colder than downstairs. And, some have simple solutions. Here, however, we’re looking at some of the bigger causes:
Let’s see how these play out.
You’ve heard that hot air rises. Well, it does. And, if you’ve got an attic, in the winter, it just keeps going up.
The problem here is another fact: Heat is attracted to cold.
Now, you may have also heard people say, “Close the window! You’re letting in the cold air.” Well, this isn’t true.
Instead, the warm air outside. That thermal energy always travels toward colder areas.
So, in your home, the hot air rises. But, as it reaches the roof, it keeps going. Since it’s colder outside, that thermal energy finds any opening and goes through it.
An attic makes the problem worse. If there’s no heating up there, then it’s cold — and the warm air in your home travels right to it.
A master bedroom with a high, vaulted ceiling, looks regal and makes the area look bigger and feel more spacious. But, it’s much harder to keep the room warm in the winter.
The problem is mostly the same as before.
With a high ceiling, that means the warmth you’re pumping into the room rises well above your head. And, of course, it doesn’t come back down.
This is a bigger problem than a lot of people realize: Your thermostat measures and regulates the temperature based on the room where you installed it. But, that room is usually downstairs.
So, if your living room is warmer than the upstairs, the second floor doesn’t get the right treatment.
Let’s say the call on your thermostat is 69 degrees. Well, your living room — where you usually find the gauge — will reach that call before the upstairs.
At that point, the heating system shuts off. Downstairs is just right. Upstairs is still too cold.
Most homes here in the Chicagoland suburbs have forced air heat. You know: A furnace in the basement produces heat. That warmth travels through the house via ductwork. And, it enters each room through vents.
Well, here’s the problem: Those ducts aren’t airtight.
You get leakage along the way: Treated air seeps out of small openings before they reach the vents.
At the same time, the system loses pressure further up the line. Since all the force comes from the basement, it can only push so far.
Combine those two problems, and you end up with less heat than you need.
So, what can you do about these problems?
An older solution we saw a lot was twinned furnaces. A home would have two furnaces: One for the upstairs and one for downstairs.
In theory, it’s a good enough idea. Now there’s a thermostat upstairs and a separate heating system just for the second floor.
But, even this has its limitations. It’s more expensive for starters. Noisier, too. And, your HVAC system takes up more room.
Finally, it doesn’t solve the air pressure problem: That heat still has to travel from the basement to the second or third floor.
Fortunately, there’s a much better solution out there today.
Here’s how it works.
Instead of pushing warm air up to the second floor, the Daikin VRV system sends a refrigerant liquid through sealed lines throughout the house.
The refrigerant carries heat with it. When it reaches an air handler, the heat gets released into the room.
These lines are airtight. So, there’s no pressure loss as it travels.
Now, let’s talk about those air handlers.
These are usually wall-mounted units. They take care of a lot of the problems we outlined earlier.
First off, each one has a thermostat. So, every room with an air handler gets individual treatment. No more relying on a measure from the floor below.
And, the air handlers use state-of-the-art technology to circulate the treated air to where it’s needed. In a room with high ceilings, it focuses on heating the living area, not above your head.
We mentioned you could also save money with Daikin VRV Life. This is mostly due to the heat pump that provides the thermal energy to keep your home warm.
Instead of generating heat through combustion, the pump transfers heat from outside air into your home.
Even when it’s cold, there’s at least a little heat out there. The pump amplifies that thermal energy and sends it inside.
Usually, these work even when it’s negative 13 degrees Fahrenheit. But, Chicagoland has seen weather colder than that recently.
What makes the Daikin system unique is that you can pair it with your existing gas furnace.
If the temperature goes so low that the heat pump can’t work, no problem. The system can use your furnace to generate heat until there’s enough thermal energy outside again.
And, it happens automatically, so you don’t have to worry about switching anything back and forth.
Is Daikin VRV Life a good fit for your home? We can help you decide. Call or email Compass Heating and Air today for a free consultation.