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Old 10-31-09, 02:54 PM   #1
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Upstairs room much colder than the rest of the house

No, it's not a Halloween post. We've been living in our house for about 8 years now, bought it new from the builder, but we've always noticed one room at Southwest corner is much colder than the rest of the rooms upstairs. I haven't ventured into the attic yet to see if its due to a lack of insulation. Any ideas or other things I should check? I'm not terribly handy but with some basic direction, I think I can figure it out. Thanks!
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Old 10-31-09, 03:15 PM   #2
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Re: Upstairs room much colder than the rest of the house

What is below that room? We have a 2 story house and the top floor is generally warmer, except for one room. That room doesn't have a vent, and I think was an add on. Poor insulation, and is above our laundry room, which is generally pretty cool. Also doesn't have the same attic space, so it isn't insulated as well.
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Old 10-31-09, 03:15 PM   #3
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We have the same problem. A Heater/AC guy told us we didn't have enough ducts (two of the bedrooms only have one air duct).
It would cost more than a few bucks to fix.. we never bothered.. we just deal with it.
Lesson learned: when we have our next house built, there will be enough ducts in each room.
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Old 10-31-09, 03:16 PM   #4
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Re: Upstairs room much colder than the rest of the house

That could be it. This bedroom sits above our garage which is obviously non-conditioned space.
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Old 10-31-09, 03:19 PM   #5
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Re: Upstairs room much colder than the rest of the house

it also depends on which side is facing the sun in the evening. if the other rooms face the sun in the evening then the will be warmer, all other things being equal.
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Old 10-31-09, 03:22 PM   #6
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Re: Upstairs room much colder than the rest of the house

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That could be it. This bedroom sits above our garage which is obviously non-conditioned space.
How old is the home? Being above the garage makes a big difference in older homes, as they don't always have floor insulation.
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Old 10-31-09, 03:32 PM   #7
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Re: Upstairs room much colder than the rest of the house

The most likely explanation is ghosts.
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Old 10-31-09, 03:40 PM   #8
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How old is the home? Being above the garage makes a big difference in older homes, as they don't always have floor insulation.
I'm gonna go out on a limb here and guess it's about 8 years old.
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Old 10-31-09, 03:42 PM   #9
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The upstairs room is clearly the gateway to Hell.

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Old 10-31-09, 03:49 PM   #10
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Re: Upstairs room much colder than the rest of the house

Clearly a bat got into the vent leading to that room, turned into a vampire, got stuck and died, thus cutting off any air to that room.
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Re: Upstairs room much colder than the rest of the house

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I'm gonna go out on a limb here and guess it's about 8 years old.
the OP did say "about". maybe it's 7 or 9. who knows.
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Old 10-31-09, 05:40 PM   #12
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Re: Upstairs room much colder than the rest of the house

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That could be it. This bedroom sits above our garage which is obviously non-conditioned space.
Really, I hate to say it, but, um, duh...
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Old 10-31-09, 05:45 PM   #13
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Re: Upstairs room much colder than the rest of the house

Okay, I read that wrong. All I saw was that he was living in it for 8 years, and not that he bought it new.
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Old 10-31-09, 06:02 PM   #14
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Okay, I read that wrong. All I saw was that he was living in it for 8 years, and not that he bought it new.
Yup. This December will mark our 8th year here and it was brand new from the builder. Just seems kinda odd that even with a newer home we would experience such a drastic difference in room conditions. I have to say, though, the garage itself stays a very consistent temperature throughout the seasons. I guess that is why I am wondering how the garage can still have that much of an impact on the space above it.
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Old 10-31-09, 06:41 PM   #15
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Old 10-31-09, 07:06 PM   #16
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That could be it. This bedroom sits above our garage which is obviously non-conditioned space.
I've seen new homes (1-2 years old) on Holmes on Homes (HGTV) where the builder didn't blow in enough insulation in corners of certain rooms. It's probably a lack of insulation in the floor. Is the ceiling finished in the garage or exposed?
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Old 10-31-09, 07:20 PM   #17
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The simple solution is to set the garage on fire and see if it corrects the problem.
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Old 10-31-09, 07:24 PM   #18
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Re: Upstairs room much colder than the rest of the house

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The simple solution is to set the garage on fire and see if it corrects the problem.
Just get these guys to move into the garage.
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Old 10-31-09, 08:50 PM   #19
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Re: Upstairs room much colder than the rest of the house

do you have forced air heat? (gas or electric furnace or heat pump?)
If so, you might check to see whether the damper in the supply duct to that room is open (if it's accessible, or you can find it in the attic)

Another culprit could be lack of insulation over the garage, but given the age of the home, that would be a little surprising.
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Old 11-01-09, 12:33 AM   #20
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Maybe the problem is all but one room is too hot.
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Old 11-01-09, 01:16 AM   #21
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Call an exorcist ... immediately.
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Old 11-07-09, 07:28 PM   #22
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I'm seconding Holmes on Homes. I've seen more than one episode where shockingly, they didn't put insulation in certain spots. In Canada no less!
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Old 11-07-09, 09:40 PM   #23
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Yep. It's a demon.
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