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What Causes an Uncomfortable Home?

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What Causes an Uncomfortable Home? Blog Feature
Eric Garcia

By: Eric Garcia on October 6th, 2023

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Are you tired of constantly battling an uncomfortable home? 

Don't worry, you're not alone.

If your home feels uncomfortable, there could be several possible causes. Now, It could be the arguments between you and your spouse that create that uncomfortable feeling in the home, but most likely, it is caused by things like HVAC issues or a poorly insulated house.

Let's look into the underlying challenges you are experiencing and explore how you can transform your house into a cozy retreat.

Cold, Uncomfortable, and Annoying Drafts in the Home

Drafts are a common and frustrating issue reported by many homeowners. 

Imagine this scenario: you're sitting comfortably in your favorite chair when suddenly, a mysterious gust of wind brushes against your feet in the den or any other room. What could be causing this? 

Well, there's likely airflow seeping in from the outside, finding its way through your walls, often near windows or outlets. This unwelcome intrusion of outside air can create the sensation of a gust of wind inside your home. 

We frequently hear about this problem and understand its impact on your comfort. Therefore, if you're experiencing drafts, checking around your windows and outlets on the outside walls is crucial - these are the usual suspects. 

Drafts can make your home uncomfortably chilly and disrupt your overall comfort. Taking control of your home environment and addressing drafts promptly will create a much more enjoyable living space.

Cold Floors, Walls, and Surfaces in the Home

It's important to be mindful of cold surfaces in your home. 

Whether it's the chilly floor requiring thick socks or slippers to walk on comfortably or the icy walls that give you a freezing cold sensation when touched, these surfaces can make your living space incredibly uncomfortable. 

Consistently encountering cold surfaces on walls, floors, or countertops clearly indicates that there are underlying issues in your home that need attention.

HVAC Issues and Home Comfort

One aspect that homeowners often overlook is their HVAC system. 

It plays a crucial role in maintaining indoor air quality, moisture levels, and overall comfort in your home. Consider it as the lifeblood that determines the comfort level of your living space.

If you haven't changed your furnace filter in years or your ducts haven't been cleaned in a decade, you're essentially circulating dirty and potentially unhealthy air throughout your house. This can lead to discomfort and a range of issues.

Another essential factor to consider is humidity. Improper ventilation from your HVAC system can result in excessive moisture in your home, causing discomfort and potential health problems.

It's crucial to keep these considerations in mind when addressing these issues. Trust me, taking care of your HVAC system will significantly contribute to a healthier and more comfortable living environment for you and your family.

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A Poorly Insulated House Leads to an Uncomfortable Home

When it comes to tackling issues like drafty walls, cold surfaces, or an inefficient HVAC system, there are several key considerations to bear in mind. 

Insulation is an obvious and effective solution for addressing drafts and cold surfaces. By properly insulating your house, you can not only address these problems but also optimize the performance of your HVAC system, ensuring it operates with maximum efficiency.

By taking these steps, you can create a more comfortable and energy-efficient home environment. Rest assured, these measures will make a noticeable difference in your living space.

Fixing an Uncomfortable Home with Foam Insulation

Uncomfortable rooms, annoying drafts, and cold surfaces are problems we hear about daily from homeowners. 

At RetroFoam, we offer an innovative approach to insulating existing walls with foam insulation that can often be done in one day without a complete remodel. 

To learn more and see if RetroFoam insulation would add to the comfort and energy efficiency of your uncomfortable home, search our Dealer Finder to find a local RetroFoam dealer near you.

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About Eric Garcia

Eric brings his knowledge and training in building science, training in spray and injection foams from the manufacturers, more than eight years installing foam insulation, as well as selling and managing in the foam insulation industry. He is also BPI and Dale Carnegie certified and has taken several building science courses, including air sealing and building envelope. Eric is the Professor of Foam on our educational YouTube series Foam University. Even when Eric is off he is usually still “working” or thinking about work, but when he can get away he enjoys camping, hiking, hunting, and woodworking.