It’s summer. Your AC is on, yet somehow you can’t get cool in that one room in your home. You check the vent, and can feel cool air, but you can’t feel it elsewhere in the room. Sound familiar?
Homes are meant to be comfortable, especially during the summertime in New England. When one room in your Worcester, MA or Rhode Island home can’t stay cool, it can be frustrating. But, what causes it? And more importantly—how do you fix it? While it could be a variety of issues, you might want to check your insulation and HVAC system with a no-cost Home Energy Assessment from Mass Save® and Baylies.
What Causes a Hot Room?
There are many things that can cause inconsistent temperatures throughout your home, varying from something small like a dirty air filter to a more serious problem with your duct work. At Baylies, we specialize in home performance and have seen a great deal of “one rooms” that won’t get to the right temperature. The most common reasons we have found can be narrowed down to either poor insulation or an issue with your HVAC system.
Did you know that 9 out of 10 homes in America are under-insulated? That’s why poor insulation is one of the first things we check for when dealing with uneven temperatures in certain rooms of a home—especially if that room is on the second floor. Hot air rises from the lower floors of your Fall River home (even your basement or crawl space!), warming the upper levels. However, if your attic is poorly insulated, it will also come in through your roof, making your second level rooms unbearably hot.
Insulation plays a crucial role in energy efficiency because it slows the transfer of heat and keeps conditioned air in your home where it belongs. There are many other benefits of insulation, including:
- Better indoor air quality
- Noise reduction
- Pest control
- Lower heating & cooling costs
It is common for New England homes to not have enough ductwork to provide consistent heat, causing your HVAC system to work harder than it should—especially if you’ve recently made a new addition or renovations. If the hot room in your home is not included in the ductwork or you have an improperly sized HVAC, a ductless mini split heat pump can fix it.
Mini split heat pumps work using electricity to extract air from outside and transfer it in or out of a certain area in your home—depending on where it’s needed. Mini splits do this all without connecting to your duct system, making installation fast and simple. Since they transfer heat, instead of creating it, heat pumps are also some of the most efficient HVAC systems on the market today. In addition to proving even temperatures throughout your home, here are some of the added benefits to using a mini split heat pump:
- Heating & cooling capabilities
- Lower energy bills
- Works in temperatures as low as -13° F
- Easy maintenance
Get to the Source Of Your Home’s Performance Issues
The best way to accurately determine what is causing the hot room in your home is to get an energy assessment of your home. A specialist will perform a room by room analysis of your home to determine exactly where it has inefficiencies. The no-cost Mass Save Home Energy Assessment should always be the first step to making any energy efficiency upgrades so you can find a customized solution and get benefits like:
- More home comfort
- Healthier indoor air
- Decreased energy costs
The team at Baylies uses specialized tools, like an infrared camera and blower door test to accurately measure your insulation and HVAC performance and get to the source of the problem. That way, we can fix it the right way the first time, saving you money and frustrations later on. We offer a no-cost Home Energy Assessment through the Mass Save program to help you maximize your savings.
Keep Your Home Cool This Summer With Baylies
Whether you are considering a mini-split heat pump or want to upgrade your insulation, we can help.
Massachusetts residents can also save up to $10,000 in rebates with the Mass Save program, so there’s no better time to make your home more efficient. Schedule a no-cost Home Energy Assessment with the experts at Baylies and solve your home performance issues today.