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16 Ways to Warm Up a Cold Room That Actually Work

Last updated: 09-24-2020

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16 Ways to Warm Up a Cold Room That Actually Work

The Problem: A Room That’s Always Cold
Do you have a room in your house where there always seems to be a chill in the air ? Many choose to solve the problem with a portable electric space heater . But portables have their drawbacks. They can burn curious kids, they’re often unattractive obstacles, and larger models take up a lot of floor space and may overload an electrical circuit .
Instead, try one of these alternative heating options to warm up a cold room, including a few common troubleshooting solutions.
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Check for Closed or Blocked Registers
Every furnace technician has a story about a cold room that was warmed by simply opening a register or two . Be sure to check all the vents in the room to ensure they’re open. Furniture and rugs can also block airflow, so do some rearranging if needed. Check out these other common heating problems you might run into.
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Make Sure Dampers are Open
Check dampers to make sure they’re not restricting airflow to the rooms that need it. Some need to be adjusted differently for winter and summer . You’ll usually find them near the supply-air plenum on the large ducts that feed the rooms in your house. Here’s how to fix a noisy vent hood damper .
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Replace the Furnace Filter
The most common cause of heating (and cooling) problems is an easy one to solve: dirty filters . A clean filter improves air quality and helps your heating system run more efficiently. If your heater isn’t warming every room in the house, check the filter — it probably needs to be replaced. During the winter you should change your furnace filter about once a month.
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Keep Radiators Clear
A radiator won’t produce maximum heat unless air can flow through it. If your room feels chilly, make sure furniture or other items aren’t restricting airflow. These radiator cover ideas hide ugly radiators while still allowing air to safely flow through.
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Release Trapped Air from Radiators
If you have a hot-water radiator that’s not heating , the cause might be trapped air. Releasing it is simple. At the top of your radiator, look for a small valve. Use a radiator key or a flat screwdriver and slowly turn the valve counterclockwise until water starts dripping out. This will release trapped air and let hot water into the cold fins. (Find out how to paint an old radiator .)
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Electric Floor Heat
If you happen to be remodeling the flooring in a room that could use extra warmth, consider installing electric heated floors. They’re especially great for warming up a cold bathroom . The in-floor heating system consists of one thin continuous cable heating element woven into a mat that you install under the tile. Here’s how to install it yourself .
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Seal Drafty Windows
Cold air coming through a window might be what’s preventing a room from warming up. There are a few solutions for sealing your windows and keeping those chilly drafts out. You can try a window insulator kit that includes all the supplies to cover the entire window with a layer of heat-shrink plastic. You can also try sealing drafty windows with caulk .
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Reverse Ceiling Fans
Typically your ceiling fan is used to keep your room cool during the summer. But did you know that it can also help with keeping a room warm during the winter? All you have to do is switch the spinning direction.
Since warm air rises, a ceiling fan can help push that warm air back down to the ground. When the fan is moving in the “forward” direction (counter-clockwise) it pushes down cool air. But putting the fan on “reverse” (clockwise) on a low speed will gently draw up the warm air and push it back down, circling the warm air around the room.
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Use Foil Behind a Radiator
If you have a radiator attached to an external wall, use some aluminum foil behind the radiator. The reflective nature of the foil will prevent heat from disappearing through the wall and instead will reflect it back into the room. Here are 10 ways to heat your home during an emergency.
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Insulate HVAC Ducts
Cracked and broken HVAC ducts cause substantial energy loss, so repairing and insulating them can help improve efficiency. Start by replacing or  sealing open or poorly sealed ducts . To maintain temperatures in the longer duct areas, add insulation around the duct work. Proper sealing and insulating can save energy in warm and cold climates.
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Draft Stopper
A simple draft stopper like this one can stop cold air from coming in under a door or window. Simply lay it in place wherever you feel a cold breeze. Here are five more draft stopper ideas !

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