High ceilings are a must for many home buyers because they make small spaces seem larger, large rooms much brighter, add a dash of elegance and drama to any space, and boost home values.
However, regulating the temperature in soaring interior spaces can be a challenge. In this post, we’ll outline the reasons that temperatures in such spaces are difficult to regulate and offer tips on how to keep a high-ceiling room cool or warm, as the season and the weather dictate.
Do high ceilings keep a house cool? Well, that was the intent behind 10- to 12-foot ceilings in many older homes, especially in warmer climates. Warm air rises, so when it hovers overhead, the room seems cooler down where the people are.
Simply, higher-ceilinged rooms have more air to regulate. A 10 x 16 bedroom with an 8-foot ceiling is 1,280 cubic feet. If the ceiling rises to 12 feet, the space increases to 1,920 cubic feet, so your HVAC system has that much more air to treat, increasing your costs.
Vaulted ceilings can further complicate the issue, as they are difficult to insulate compared to ceilings with rooms or attic spaces above. In the summer, heat will enter the home more easily in rooms with vaulted ceilings, while in winter, warm air will escape.
There are steps you can take to ensure a consistent temperature range in even the most soaring residential spaces. Here are some time-tested methods sure to ease the burden on your HVAC system and make sure your high-ceiling rooms are more consistently comfortable.
If your HVAC system is too small or too large for your space, its efficiency will be compromised. An improperly maintained system can see its performance suffer. At Gene May Heating & Cooling, our union-trained technicians can analyze your system and your spaces to see if your current HVAC unit is right for the job, needs a tweak or a bit of help, or should be replaced. Whether you need heating service or AC service, we’re ready to offer solutions. We welcome your questions, so contact us today.