One of the most important aspects of controlling your quality of life in the home comes down to the temperature. One of our home’s primary functions is to protect us from the whims of the elements. To that end, we’ve developed a lot of techniques and technology. However, even seemingly small problems can lead to us losing this control. So in this article, we’re going to look at the four big culprits of why your home temperature may be more difficult to control that it should be. Use it as a checklist to spot and fix those heating problems in your home.
The air conditioning
One of the most common complaints in any summertime is that the air conditioning isn’t working right or just flat out isn’t working. There are a myriad of reasons this might be the case. For one, older air conditioners simply become less efficient as time goes on. It’s recommended you replace them every few years. Not only does it guarantee better air con, but it will cost you less in terms of your energy bill, too. Like any product relying on air flow, it’s easy for dust and the like to clog up parts of the air conditioner too. If yours isn’t running well, take a look inside.
Just as the air con is important to keeping a house cool, the boiler is the instrumental factor in heating a house up. Boiler work is dangerous, so if it does need a repair, don’t try it yourself. Use someone who’s experienced and qualified in boiler repair. Other issues include problems like thermostat control and inaccuracy issues. As with air conditioning, boilers lose a lot of their efficiency over time. So, similar to air conditioners, they are in need of replacement from time to time.
Insulation plays a key role in both maintaining the heat of your home in the winter as well as the cool during summer. It prevents outside air from changing the temperature of the house. Insulating your roof is the most common application, but you should be insulating all around the home. Find the gaps and weak spots in your exterior where air and flow freely. Then seal them up. Sub-par insulation means that you usually have to spend a lot more in terms of energy to get and maintain the temperature where you want it. Insulating your pipes is also important to help them retain heat and avoid frozen pipes in the winter.
Insulation helps you protect your temperature from outside effects due to airflow. Ventilation spreads airflow, however, for the exact opposite reason. Good ventilation means that your heating and cooling efforts spread through the home quicker. They also promote good airflow, which is important to your own health as well as temperature. Another important factor is that ventilation is important for preventing the spread of damp and mold. Make sure that you install ventilation grates where you need them. Particularly in the bathroom, where a buildup of moisture can easily lead to damp if you’re not careful.