Heating a home with high ceilings

High ceilings may be a desired feature in modern homes, but they come with a price, which shows up on your monthly heating bill.

Because heat rises, homeowners often run into issues of maintaining consistent heat throughout a high ceiling room.

But simply cranking up the heat isn’t an effective solution if that “extra” heat just keeps rising. Don’t worry, because there are some things that can fix that problem. If you don’t already have ceiling fans, start by installing one or more, depending on the size of the room. Conventional advice is to run ceiling fans in reverse in the winter to help push the warmer air that’s risen back down into a room. If ceiling fans alone aren’t solving your heating issue, consider adding ceiling fan heaters. These are small heaters that are installed just under the fan itself and provide more warm air for the fans running in reverse to direct downward. Adding electric heaters to a room is a time tested solution and may work well for a smaller room. But in a larger space, electric heaters can rack up the costs. If you still are experiencing a high ceiling living area that your forced air system just isn’t keeping at the comfortable temperature you like, then consider installing radiant floor heating. A radiant floor system will deliver heat evenly throughout a room by heating the floor first. They also might cut down on your energy bills, which is a plus. If you are considering a radiant system, you will want to consult with an HVAC professional to determine what option to choose. A professional will be able to assess if you just need coverage in one or two rooms, or if you could be a candidate for a whole house system. They can recommend the most efficient type of system for your home, so you can live in an evenly dispersed comfortable temperature and not have to break the bank to get it.

 

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